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The prisoner’s disciplinary offences

Their control as un anatomic instrument of the prison

Efstratios Papathanasopoulos

Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Court of Appeal of Piraeus

Lecturer of Criminology - Correctional Law

of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Abstract: The inmate’s good conduct, which constitutes the basic requirement

for the conditional release and a significant factor balance wise in the prison’s

daily life, is restricted and overturned by a regime of special releases. The

emergence of disciplinary offences is approached on the basis of the historical

evolution of the prison’s typology and the relation between the types of in-

mates and the roles of the correctional officers. Our current legislative frame-

work (law 2776/1999) establishes a strict disciplinary procedural law with

judicial security, compatible with the international instruments, the orders of

the bodies of the Council of Europe and the case law of the ECHR (European

Court of Human Rights). An empirical investigative approach to the decisions

of the prison’s disciplinary boards brings out concerns and suggestions for

the disciplinary offences (their classifications) and the disciplinary penalties,

(their enrichment), in view of the new Correctional Code draft being debated.

ISBN 978-960-562-540-5


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