Analyzing prison related graffities

Erasmus conference Hungarian Prison College Gergely Fliegauf, Dept. of Corrections

Methodolical issues of a prison research
• who? • what? • possible? • psychotest? • questionnaire? • interview? • self-representation • criminal gangs?

Examples from abroad
1981 Northern Ireland Blanket protest Dirty protest political movement POWs H-Blocks (tool and surface)

outside perimeter walls Long Kesh (HM Prison Maze) and on other walls...

Artists graffity on the inner side of the perimeter wall (Bochum JVA) subculture ... politics???

Functions
Counting days

Messages

Threat

bullying

Denmark
presence

Group threat

Ethnic statement

sentenc e

Libanese gang

Popculture – possible mistakes
funny poem

a hardcore techno music group, not a gang

Hungarian exaples
presence, threat, place

Statement
You can break me but never kill me

Threat, gang, place (VIII)

Hajdúhadház, presence

Extreme right wing movement

Specialization (car theft)

„Drug market”
„Nem szállítanak el, de ha itt maradok, enyém lesz, enyém lesz az egész rohadt drogpiac! Átveszem az üzletet, az árják örülhetnek, ha velem üzletelnek. Már az öcsém, SMOKI, elintézte az összekötőt, befagyasztotta a csatornáikat, nem kell a segítségetek."

„Drug market”
„I wont be transported, I will stay here and the whole drug market will be mine! I will rule the business, the Aryans can be happy to have the deal with me. My brother, SMOKI, arranged the contactman, froze their canals, I don’t

„White pride”
artistic self definition in an isolation cell