Prisons, Punishment and the Family: Towards a new sociology of punishment

Every year millions of families are affected by the imprisonment of a family member. Children of imprisoned parents alone can be counted in millions in the USA and in Europe. It is a bewildering fact that while we have had prisons for centuries, and the deprivation of liberty has been a central pillar in the Western mode of punishment since the early nineteenth century, we have only relatively recently embarked upon a serious discussion of the severe effects of imprisonment for the families and relatives of offenders and the implications this has for society.

This book draws together some of the excellent research from the Global Prisoners' Families Research Group, that addresses the impact of criminal justice and incarceration in particular upon the families of offenders. It assembles examples of recent and ongoing studies from eight different countries in order to not only learn about the secondary effects and 'collateral consequences' of imprisonment but also to understand what the experiences and lived realities of prisoners' families means for the sociology of punishment and our broader understanding of criminal justice systems. While punishment and society scholarship has gained significant ground in recent years it has often remained silent on the ways in which the families of prisoners are affected by our practices of punishment. This book provides evidence of the importance of including families within this scholarship and explores themes of legitimacy, citizenship, human rights, marginalization, exclusion, and inequality.

Table of Contents

1. The Sociology of Punishment and the Effects of Imprisonment on Families, Rachel Condry and Peter Scharff Smith
2:Prisoners' Families and the Problem of Social Justice, Rachel Condry
3:Parental Incarceration and Family Inequality in the United States, Joyce A. Arditti
4:How Much Might Mass Imprisonment Affect Childhood Inequality?, Sara Wakefield and Christopher Wildeman
5:'I'm the man and he's the woman!': Gender Dynamics among Couples during and after Prison, Megan Comfort
6:Missing and Missing Out: Social Exclusion in Children with an Incarcerated Parent, Susan Dennison and Kirsten Besemer
7:Are the Children of Prisoners Socially Excluded? A Child-Centred Perspective, Helene Oldrup and Signe Frederiksen
8:Prisoners' Families, Public Opinion, and the State: Punishment and Society from a Family and Human Rights Perspective, Peter Scharff Smith
9:'The sins and traumas of fathers and mothers should not be visited on their children': The Rights of Children when a Primary Carer is sentenced to Imprisonment in the Criminal Courts, Shona Minson
10:'Someone should have just asked me what was wrong': Balancing Justice, Rights, and the Impact of Imprisonment on Children and Families in Scotland, Nancy Loucks and Tania Loureiro
11:Eroding Legitimacy? The Impact of Imprisonment on the Relationships between Families, Communities, and the Criminal Justice System, Cara Jardine
12:Prisoners' Families, Penal Power, and the Referred Pains of Imprisonment, Caroline Lanskey, Friedrich Lösel, Lucy Markson, and Karen Souza
13:Rights and Security in the Shadow of the Irish Prison: Developing a Child Rights Approach to Prison Visits in Ireland, Fiona Donson and Aisling Parkes
14:'Everyone is in damage control': The Meanings and Performance of Family for Second and Third Generation Prisoners, Mark Halsey
15:The Legally Sanctioned Stigmatization of Prisoners, Marie Hutton
16:'You get used to it. You adapt': The Pains of Imprisonment as Experienced by Long-Term Prisoners' Partners, Anna Kotova
17:Sharing Imprisonment: Experiences of Prisoners and Family Members in Portugal, Rafaela Granja
18:Betwixt and Between: Incarcerated Men, Familial Ties, and Social Visibility, Shenique S. Thomas and Christian Johnna
19:The Systemic Invisibility of Children of Prisoners, Else Marie Knudsen