When the Innocent are Punished
The Children of Imprisoned Parents
|Publication Date||June 2014|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF)|
|Series||Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology|
There are millions of children experiencing parental imprisonment worldwide, but up until recently very little attention has been given to this issue and the serious intergenerational effects of imprisonment. This book tells the story of prisoner's children – of their situation, problems and human rights - and how they are treated throughout the justice process from the arrest of a parent to imprisonment and release.
Based on extensive research from across Europe, Scharff Smith argues that it is a paradox that we hail the family as a fundamental unit in our societies, and insist on regarding children as an especially valuable and vulnerable group of citizens, but at the same time break up families on a massive scale as a result of a conscious, planned and generally unquestioned policy of using imprisonment as a key sanction in the repertoire of punishments.
Shedding light on various reform initiatives, this book assists in promoting good practice and improving the experience of children of imprisoned parents.