Austria: through the lens of the incarcerated

Prisons might be one of the most severely underreported spheres in our otherwise heavily investigated world.

– A series of articles: Behind bars in Austria (3/3)

Sarah Yolanda Koss is an independent journalist based in Vienna. In the past year, she conducted an extensive investigation on the impacts of COVID-19 in Austrian penitentiary facilities, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Sarah shared with Prison Insider three perspectives on prison life and its aftermaths. This is her third paper.

There is no public interest in the incarceration system.


Studies show that increasing prison capacity tends to an equivalent rise in prisoners’ numbers.

“Re-socialisation measures are least successful when people have to go through the whole length of their prison sentence behind bars”