1st Edition

Prisoners and their Families

By Pauline Morris Copyright 1965

    Originally published in 1965, and reissued here with a new foreword, this study, as far as was known, was the first attempt in this country to look at the problems of the families of prisoners on a national scale. It took over three years and is based upon a survey of a representative national sample of prisoners and their dependants, together with an intensive longitudinal study of a smaller sample. The survey attempts to portray objectively the conditions of life for the families of a wide range of men in prison at the time, and covers stars, recidivists, and civil prisoners. Too often in prison work, the family is thought of as some external appendage, remote and irrelevant to the process of treatment and training, rather than as a continuous influence upon the man in custody, and the report aimed to correct this impression.

    The primary object of this research was to elicit facts upon which penologists and administrators might base future policies. There are three principal issues upon which specific recommendations are made: (1) the financial provision for prisoners’ families, (2) the improvement of social casework in prisons, and (3) the improvement of facilities for contact between the prisoner and his family.

    In a field in which there was much distress and concern, this study at last offered a real insight into the facts and definite suggestions for progress.

    Acknowledgments.  New Foreword for Reissue.  Foreword and Recommendations.  1. Introduction  2. The Design of the Enquiry  3. The Prisoners  4. The Wives  5. The Wives Separated Before Imprisonment  6. Discrepancies Between Husbands and Wives  7. The Intensive Sample  8. Adjustment to Separation  9. Civil Prisoners and Their Families  10. Welfare  11. Hire-Purchase  12. Discussion of Hypotheses and Family Typologies  13. Summary of the Principal Findings.  Appendices.  Index.


    Pauline Morris