Journal of Correctional Education vol:64 issue:3 pages:2-21
As in some other countries, in Belgium, prisoners retain their right to legal citizenship and education, offering them a stepping stone to social reintegration. Indeed, the deprivation of freedom measure does not involve a denial of human rights. Although prisoners can subscribe to formal educational programmes, these are often not corresponding to the personal aspirations of prisoners (Regelbrugge, 2002). In order to gain more insight into the motivation of prisoners, this exploratory study aims to investigate prisoners’ motivational orientations to follow an educational programme. Participants were Flemish male long-term prisoners. Results reveal that prisoners have a specific goal they want to reach (e.g. to heighten their status). Additionally, it was found that prisoners with an avoidance posture seek more social contact through prison education, or vice versa. Finally it was found that prisoners are aware of their social distinction from the rest of society. These research results may be relevant to prisoners, policy makers and education providers in prisons.