© 2019

The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family

  • Marie Hutton
  • Dominique Moran


  • First handbook of its kind to address the need for a ‘core text’ addressing the main empirical and theoretical considerations for prisoners' families

  • A multi-disciplinary but accessible nature making it of use to any number of courses taught across disciplines

  • Makes a significant contribution to knowledge about who prisoners’ families are and what this status means in practice


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Marie Hutton, Dominique Moran
    Pages 1-11
  3. Contemporary Issues: Understanding Prisoners’ Families

  4. Different Perspectives: Widening the Lens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Sandra Joy, Elizabeth Beck, Ashley Hurley
      Pages 165-180
    3. Karen Souza, Caroline Lanskey, Lucy Markson, Friedrich Lösel
      Pages 203-226
  5. Engaging with the Prison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Ben Raikes, Romeo Asiminei, Karene-Anne Nathaniel, Eric Awich Ochen, George Pascaru, Gloria Seruwagi
      Pages 229-250
  6. Recognising the Rights of Prisoners’ Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317

About this book


This handbook brings together the international research focussing on prisoners’ families and the impact of imprisonment on them. Under-researched and under-theorised in the realm of scholarship on imprisonment, this handbook encompasses a broad range of original, interdisciplinary and cross-national research. This volume includes the experiences of those from countries often unrepresented in the prisoner’s families’ literature such as Russia, Australia, Israel and Canada. This broad coverage allows readers to consider how prisoners’ families are affected by imprisonment in countries embracing very different penal philosophies; ranging from the hyper-incarceration being experienced in the USA to the less punitive, more welfare-orientated practices under Scandinavian ‘exceptionalism’.

Chapters are contributed by scholars from numerous and diverse disciplines ranging from law, nursing, criminology, psychology, human geography, and education studies. Furthermore, contributions span various methodological and epistemological approaches with important contributions from NGOs working in this area at a national and supranational level. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family makes a significant contribution to knowledge about who prisoners’ families are and what this status means in practice. It also recognises the autonomy and value of prisoners’ families as a research subject in their own right.


Prison Punishment Family Sociology Justice Criminology Prisoners Rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Marie Hutton
    • 1
  • Dominique Moran
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law, Politics and SociologyUniversity of SussexFalmerUK
  2. 2.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

About the editors

Marie Hutton is lecturer in law at the University of Sussex, UK. Driven by her own experiences of familial imprisonment, Marie’s research focusses on the lived experience of family contact in prisons and human rights from a socio-legal perspective.

Dominique Moran is Reader in Carceral Geography at the University of Birmingham. Her work is transdisciplinary, informed by and extending theoretical developments in geography, criminology and prison sociology, but also interfacing with contemporary debates over hyper-incarceration, recidivism and the advance of the punitive state. She has completed an interdisciplinary ESRC research project looking into women’s experience of imprisonment in contemporary Ru`ssia.

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