Dangerousness is not a legal concept but a criminological notion. It is at the heart of the law of February 25, 2008 concerning security retention, which created new security measures. This session will present the evolution of the notion of dangerousness in France and in Europe, the impact of the concept on penal reforms and the problems of evaluating dangerousness.
In addition to this theoretical approach, this session will treat the question of the management of the individuals concerned by questions of security and will examine especially the penitential approaches for the dangerousness of detainees in closed environments (definition, evaluation and management by the staff). Finally, the relation between dangerousness and the management of victims will be discussed.
Theoretical knowledge from philosophy, criminology and anthropology will be combined with the know-how of practitioners, especially physicians, judges and lawyers.