1st Edition

In the Shadow of Prison Families, Imprisonment and Criminal Justice

By Helen Codd Copyright 2008
    214 Pages
    by Willan

    216 Pages
    by Willan

    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.

    The book includes:

    • a current exploration of key aspects of the consequences of imprisonment for prisoners and their families
    • an assessment of the role of current prison policies and practices in promoting and maintaining family relationships
    • a summary of the current law in relation to prisoners and their families, with reference to the relevant legislation and recent case law.

    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


    Helen Codd is Principal Lecturer and International Co-Ordinator in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Central Lancashire.

    '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