This book provides an up-to-date, accessible introduction to the relationship between families, prisons and penal policies in the United Kingdom. It explores current debates in relation to prisoners and their families, and introduces the reader to relevant theoretical approaches. Interdisciplinary in nature, the book incorporates perspectives drawn from criminology, sociology, social work and law.
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'Anyone wanting to support families most in need will find this book helpful in reaching and providing fro the, so often 'invisible' families of prisoners.' – Debbie Cowley, Parenting UK News
In the current era of mass imprisonment … it is lamentable that most discussions of prisoners' families are restricted to either the benefits of wives in facilitating men's desistance from crime or to parental imprisonment as a risk factor for child delinquency. Helen Codd's In the Shadow of Prison [is] a welcome departure from such narrow and depersonalised depictios of prisoners' families. In The Shadow of Prison is … a useful introduction the the policy and legal issues faced by prisoners' wives, partners and children.' – Gilly Sharpe, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield in The Howard Journal Vol 49 No. 5 December 2010
1. The Landscape of Punishment: Family Ties and Penal Policy 2. Why Care? Family Ties and Other Justifications 3. Who Cares? The Effects of Imprisonment on Families 4. Prisoners' Families and the Law 5. Imprisoned Women and their Families 6. Supporting Prisoners and their Families 7. Conclusions