The Centre for Prison Chaplaincy researches the field of prison chaplaincy in its many facets. This involves the quality of pastoral care, but also critical reflection on the dynamics of execution of punishment. The Centre has a bi-forced approach: on the one hand it focuses on themes of research that are vivid in the academy, but on the other hand the Centre connects to needs and developments in the working field. The Centre contributes to the quality of prison chaplaincy by offering academic publications and by making this knowledge accessible for the practice of prison chaplaincy (valorisation).


Currently, the following research themes have our attention:

  • Ethics and ethical deliberation (de Wit and Den Toom)
  • Ethics in correctional institutions (De Wit en Den Toom)
  • The theory of restorative justice and restorative prison chaplaincy (De Wit)
  • Religiously inspired networks of aftercare in a society of participation (De Vries)
  • Church and State relationship and prison chaplaincy in a secular age (De Wit)
  • Best practices¬†of prison chaplaincy (De Vries)
  • Existential questions in conditions of detention: loss, guilt, evil, resilience and hope (De Wit en Den Toom)

The Centre is willing to accept PhD-proposals or post-doc projects.


Are you a student and do you want to research prison chaplaincy? The staff members of the Centre are willing to provide guidance for a bachelor thesis, master thesis or PhD. Several students participated in our research in the past years. We invite you to contact Reijer de Vries. In consultation with him, you can determine your subject.


Research of the past years have resulted in multiple publications. Below you will find our English publications. For more information about publications of our staff members, see their profile on the Staff page.