Generations Through Prison: Experiences of Intergenerational Incarceration, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Generations Through Prison

Experiences of Intergenerational Incarceration, 1st Edition

By Mark Halsey, Melissa del Vel-Palumbo

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188 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780815375166
pub: 2020-02-24
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Description

Around one in five prisoners report the previous or current incarceration of a parent. Many such prisoners attest to the long-term negative effects of parental incarceration on one’s own sense of self and on the range and quality of opportunities for building a conventional life. And yet, the problem of intergenerational incarceration has received only passing attention from academics, and virtually little if any consideration from policy makers and correctional officials.

This book—the first of its kind—offers an in-depth examination of the causes, experiences and consequences of intergenerational incarceration. It draws extensively from surveys and interviews with second, third, fourth and fifth generation prisoners to explicate the personal, familial and socio-economic contexts typically associated with incarceration across generations. The book examines 1) the emergence of the prison as a dominant if not life-defining institution for some families, 2) the link between intergenerational trauma, crime and intergenerational incarceration, 3) the role of police, courts, and corrections in amplifying or ameliorating such problems, and 4) the possible means for preventing intergenerational incarceration. This is undeniably a book that bears witness to many tragic and traumatic stories. But it is also a work premised on the idea that knowing these stories—knowing that they often resist alignment with pre-conceived ideas about who prisoners are or who they might become—is part and parcel of advancing critical debate and, more importantly, of creating real change. 

Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about more about families in prison.   

Table of Contents

Introduction

  1. Intergenerational Incarceration in Context
  2. Getting and Analysing the Data
  3. The Ubiquity of Trauma and Loss
  4. Three Generations Through Prison
  5. Prison as Homecoming
  6. Prison as Criminogenic Event
  7. The Fortunate Few: Evading Intergenerational Incarceration
  8. Concluding Remarks

Appendix 1: Interviewee Sample Characteristics

References

About the Authors

Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminology, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University, Australia. His recent books include Tackling Correctional Corruption: An Integrity Promoting Approach (co-authors Andrew Goldsmith and Andrew Groves) and Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance (co-author Simone Deegan).

Melissa de Vel-Palumbo is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University. Her work focuses on offender needs, rehabilitation, and community responses to crime. She has also trained as a forensic psychologist.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Crime, Justice and the Family

This series is the first series of its kind for Criminology. It offers a space to capture work on a range of topics that share the common theme of the relationship between crime, justice and the family, and aims to interrogate common-sense understandings of this relationship to explore just who is affected by crime and how they are affected, whether as victims of crime within the family, as secondary victims, or as parents, children, spouses, or other kin of offenders.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOC026010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family
SOC030000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology