International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Foreigners in Maltese Prisons: Spanning the 150-year Divide
Saviour Formosa, Sandra Scicluna, Janice Formosa Pace

Reviewing the incidence of foreigners in the Maltese Islands’ prisons entails an understanding of the realities pertaining to each period under study. Taking a multi-methodological approach, this 150-year study initially qualitatively reviews the situational circumstances faced by Foreign and Maltese offenders between the mid 19th and mid 20th Century, followed by a quantitative and spatial analysis of the post 1950 period, followed by an indepth analysis of the 1990s offenders. A classification system of what is termed as a foreigner offender is created, which employment resulted in the findings that there are distinct differences in structure in terms of foreign offender and the offences they commit when compared to their Maltese counterparts. Findings show that the longer the foreigner stays on the islands, the higher the potentiality of emulation to the Maltese counterpart’s structure both in terms of offence type, offender residential and offence spatial locations.

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