Getting it Right for Families Affected by Imprisonment

Betsy Barkas, Kirsty Deacon, Rebecca Foster, Cara Jardine, Kirsty Primrose, Vic Troy

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This briefing paper draws on five PhD projects conducted in Scotland between 2011 and 2021, all of which explored how imprisonment impacts on families, mothers or children. PhD projects are unique in allowing researchers the luxury of time to form relationships with participants, arguably producing richer data than would otherwise be possible. As PhD theses and academic publications can be lengthy and inaccessible, this Briefing Paper draws together key learning from this substantial Scottish evidence base in a more accessible format.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021


  • families
  • imprisonment
  • criminal justice system
  • Scotland
  • mothers
  • children


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