Book launch: Prison Breaks

Please join us to launch this new book “Prison Breaks – Toward a Sociology of Escape” edited by Tomas Max Martin and Gilles Chantraine.

When: June 8 from 14:00-16:30

Where: DIGNITY, Bryggervangen 55, 2100 København Ø

The book presents unique international and interdisciplinary analyses of the prison’s most fundamental challenge: escapes. Drawing on firm empirical evidence, the authors show how escapes not only break, but also make the prison, and are central to the design, organization, justification, reproduction and transformation of prison institutions across time and space. The result is a critical and theoretically informed understanding of prison escapes, which has so far been absent in prison scholarship.

The authors will present their work from countries including Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Uganda and the UK, covering a selection of intriguing chapters from the book’s four themes: resistance, politics, law, and popular culture.

This launch is organized by DIGNITY in cooperation with CLERSE. The book can be purchased at the event for a reduced price or via this link. Everybody is welcome, but please sign up and register by email to


14.00 - 14.10 Welcome and introduction, Gerd Elmark & Tomas Max Martin (DIGNITY)

14.10 - 15.20 Presentation

- Introduction: Toward a Sociology of Prison Escape, Gilles Chantraine (CLERSE)

- There Is No Escape, Andrew M. Jefferson (DIGNITY)

- Prison Escape and Its Political Imaginary in Times of Crisis, Yasmine Bouagga (ENS-Lyon)

- The Tricky Escape from Kizoti Court, Tomas Max Martin (DIGNITY)

- Representation of Prison Escapes in Films, Jamie Bennett (HMP Grendon/Springhill)

15.20 – 16.00 Discussion and Q&A, Professor Keith Hayward (University of Copenhagen)

16.00 – 16.30 Reception