„Könnte alles anders sein?“ – Al­tern­at­ives to Prison and Prevention © Britt Schilling

As part of the city of Freiburg’s 900-year anniversary, the panel discussion „Könnte alles anders sein? – Alternativen zum Strafvollzug und Prävention“ (“Could it all be Different? – Alternatives to Prison and Prevention”) was organized by the Freiburg Bürgerstiftung in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. The event took place on 24 September and the podium panel was comprised of Thomas Müller (prison director in Karlsruhe) and Thomas Galli (former prison director and vocal critic of the prison system) as well as Gunda Woessner and Michael Kilchling (both from the Max Planck Institute). A complete video of the panel discussion is available online.

  • Gunda Woessner has previously led an empirical study in Baden-Württemberg on the use of electronic monitoring (via ankle bracelets) as a possible alternative to traditional imprisonment. The results suggest that a major scientific gap exists in Germany with regard to the long-term consequences of electronic monitoring. Moreover, she notes that it is important that the suitability of each applicant for electronic monitoring be thoroughly checked beforehand.
  • Michael Kilchling has spent many years researching victimology and victim rights, including the concept of victim-offender mediation and the non-judicial possibilities this process offers to both victims and offenders to discuss the crime and its consequences under professional supervision. As he mentions, victims of crime are usually not interested in the harshest possible punishment: redress in all its facets is often much more important to them.

Video (in German)

Report in Badische Zeitung (in German)


Kilchling, M. (2017). Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich im Strafvollzug : Wissenschaftliche Begleitung des Modellprojekts Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich im baden-württembergischen Justizvollzug (Vol. K 175) Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht : Kriminologische Forschungsberichte. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.

Wöss­ner, G., & Meu­er, K. J. (2019). Im­ple­men­tie­rung und Fol­gen elek­tro­ni­scher Über­wa­chung : Er­geb­nis­se ei­nes kri­mi­no­lo­gi­schen Ex­pe­ri­ments zum Ein­satz der elek­tro­ni­schen Auf­sicht im Voll­zug der Frei­heits­s­tra­fe in Ba­den-Würt­tem­berg. Mo­nats­schrift für Kri­mi­no­lo­gie und Straf­rechts­re­form, 102(3), 202–216. doi:10.1515/mks-2019-2018

Wössner, G., & Schwedler, A. (2013). Elektronische Aufsicht im Vollzug der Freiheitsstrafe in Baden-Württemberg : Ergebnisse der wissenschaftlichen Begleitforschung. Bewährungshilfe, 60(2), 130–145.

Wössner, G., & Schwedler, A. (2014). Aufstieg und Fall der elektronischen Fußfessel in Baden-Württemberg : Analysen zum Modellversuch der elektronischen Aufsicht im Vollzug der Freiheitsstrafe. Neue Kriminalpolitik, 26(1), 60–77.