Wuppertal-Ronsdorf prison cell wing, image Wikimedia Commons

Panel discussion in the Protestant CityKirche Wuppertal. Wed 20.09.2023, 19:00 hrs.

The public conversation relates less to the aspect of repeat offenses and deviant criminal behavior. The aim is to focus primarily on the general conditions and developments in the prison system that may help to encourage the “repetition of mistakes”. It deals with the current conceptual and personnel requirements in prisons and their consequences, but also with the conceptual, architectural and aesthetic design of prison facilities. What kind of penal system does society want to afford?

What effect does the frightening atmosphere have on prisoners and staff?

Space shapes people, always, which is why it is an exciting question how the users experience this claustrophobic space and what this space does to the users, in their daily life together, over the duration of a long stay and in the time afterwards.

On the podium:

Katja Grafweg (Head of the Ministry of Justice of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Prof. Michael Kubink (Enforcement Officer of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Prof. Axel Buether (Healing Architecture, Bergische Universität) and Andrea Groß-Bölting (criminal defense lawyer). Moderator: Stefan Seitz (Wuppertaler Rundschau and long-standing moderator of the Political Round Table at the VHSWuppertal). An event in cooperation with the EBGG and the Evangelische CityKirche Wuppertal. Free admission.