chapter  13
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Trialogues: A Means to Answerability and Dialogue in a Prison Setting


I am writing this chapter in a place that conjures fairy-tale images of childhood. It is a village called Kalmar, a well-preserved medieval town of 50,000 situated in southern Sweden by the Baltic Sea. Th e castle and other historic buildings date back to the 13th century, a time when Kalmar was a mercantile trading center and an important harbor. Please allow me to be your guide as we enter the site of our work, a small prison with high yellow walls and a barbed-wire fence housing 53 high-security inmates. It is here that we instituted a unique form of collaborative therapy, a system of therapy we call “shared talks” or “trialogues,” which is an evolving work.