Putting the Pieces Together: Prisoners, Family and Desistance

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Abstract


It is almost 50 years since Pauline Morris published her groundbreaking study of the impact of imprisonment on the families left behind (Morris 1965). After decades of neglect, families affected by imprisonment are now becoming increasingly visible to practitioners, researchers and policy makers. While the experiences and voices of prisoners’ families remain absent from much of the current literature, it is nonetheless clear that many suffer from high levels of social disadvantage, which is exacerbated by a family member being sentenced to custody. While some families may feel relief at the imprisonment of the offender, for example where they have experienced domestic abuse, or the offender is particularly chaotic or violent, others may experience considerable distress. The family may also face practical, geographical and financial barriers to maintaining relationships with the prisoner, at a time when their housing, finances and child care arrangements may also be in crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Volume1
Edition2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • prisoners
  • prisoners families
  • desistance
  • imprisonment
  • impact on families

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