— Published on 17 April 2019.

Are overpopulation, squalor, epidemics and malnutrition all there is to prisons in Africa? Frédéric Le Marcis, a professor of social anthropology at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon, and Marie Morelle, a geography lecturer at the University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, claim not. Marcis and Morelle are part of the teaching team on a MOOC which is currently running called “Des prisons en Afrique: expériences, modèles et circulations” (“Prisons in Africa: experiences, models and flows”).

The state of prisons is not fixed