How do I overcome Avolition


"Abolitionism", from Latin, literally means abolition or abolition. Historically, the largest and most successful abolition movement was directed against slavery in the USA from around 1780. Later, a movement originating in England to abolish state supervision on prostitution (organized in the International Abolitionist Federation, founded in 1875) there and then in 1927 in Germany, when the regulations on prostitution were lifted with the support of Empress Auguste Viktoria.

In the discussion of criminal policy, the term has been used above all since the 1970s to denote movements that advocate the abolition of individual criminal law norms, sanctions (e.g. imprisonment) or the entire criminal law. This new abolitionist movement originated in Scandinavia in particular. In terms of a "negative criminal policy", she sees the way out of the dilemma of the continually unsuccessful attempt to fight crime, not in better treatment methods, better laws or more prisons. Rather, it asks the question of whether it cannot work without or with significantly less criminal law and penal sanctions and answers this question with an unequivocal "yes". The background to this movement is also the treatment idea, which has been declared to have failed in many places, according to which deviants and social marginalized groups only need appropriate treatment in order to make them (again or for the first time) adapted members of society. "

The BAG-S addressed this topic in the information service for criminal assistance (1/2018) as part of the focus "How much prison does society need today?" accepted. Read the articles by Anais Denigot and Klaus Roggenthin.


Article "Prison: an impossible fairytale?"

Article "Prison is essential! Really?"


In 2020, on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Johannes Feest a manifest prepared for the abolition of prisons and presented to the public. The manifest can be found on the homepage of theCorrectional Archivesbe signed and commented on.