Within the dimension people, a sustainable detention house contributes to the health and future prospects of people in detention. At a micro level, this concerns the impact of policy and its implementation on the mental and physical health of both people living and working in detention houses. After all, what consequences do the living environment and daytime activities have on someone’s health? Recent research has shown that brain functions change in people who are in prison and that the human brain even deteriorates [VA|R2]. Implementing greenspace within the living environment can offer (part of) the solution. Practical applications of greening the living environment and methods used in daytime projects can have positive effects on the health of individuals in detention houses.
Within this dimension, at a meso-level, national regulations are central. Within which frameworks could these regulations be adapted, in order to let them be in line with the good mental and physical health of individuals in detention houses? What is the best way to organize and manage this at the international level in order to guarantee a tailor-made approach? In addition, it should be ensured that forces are joined at the national level to offer people in detention houses as many opportunities as possible to have their place in society. Which parties can contribute to this and how can we create a healthy working environment for the people working there?
Finally, the dimension of people should also be approached on a macro level. The Sustainable Development Goals, drawn up by the UN, offer good tools for making sustainable impact concrete and tangible. And how can the Declaration of Human Rights, also drawn up by the UN, play a role in ensuring a healthy living environment in detention? Long-term solutions with (social) impact on a European scale can be established at this level. More specifically, what can the European Union do alongside the European Prison Rules when it comes to legislation, regulations and policy for small scale forms of detention?