Prison Food in Denmark: Normal Responsibility or Ethnocentric Imaginations?

  • Linda Kjær MinkeEmail author
  • Amy B. Smoyer
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


All Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) have incarceration rates below 71 per 100,000 inhabitants, with the notable exception of Greenland. These rates are significantly lower than most developed countries and scholars have associated this trend with the non-punitive ideals associated with the Nordic Welfare Model. Indeed, the Nordic Welfare Model has been historically characterized by social cohesion and a substantial reallocation of resources that perpetuates relatively small socio-economic differences between individuals (Kvist et al. 2012). In terms of criminal justice systems, these tenets suggest a system of corrections that is focused on rehabilitation and reintegration, not punishment (Pratt and Eriksson 2012; Pratt 2008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkSouthern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenUSA

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