Maternal Sentencing and the Rights of the Child

  • Shona Minson

Part of the Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies book series (PSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Shona Minson
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Foundations

  4. Explanations for the Differentiated Treatment of Children of Defendant Mothers

  5. The Implications of the Differentiated Treatment of Children Whose Mothers Are Sentenced in the Criminal Courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Shona Minson
      Pages 173-203
    3. Shona Minson
      Pages 205-227
    4. Shona Minson
      Pages 229-241
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-279

About this book


This book brings to life the experiences of children affected by maternal imprisonment, and provides unique, in-depth analysis of judicial thinking on such issues. It explores the experiences of children whose mothers are sentenced to imprisonment in England and Wales and contrasts their state-sanctioned separation from their mothers in the criminal courts (where the court may not even be aware of the existence of a child) to the state-sanctioned separation of children from their parents in the family courts, where the child has legal representation and their best interests are the court’s paramount consideration. Drawing on detailed empirical research with children, caregivers, and Crown Court judiciary, Maternal Sentencing and the Rights of the Child brings together relevant literature on law, criminology, and human rights to provide insight into the reasons for the different treatments and its implications for children, their caregivers, and wider society.


Parental imprisonment Prison Juvenile Justice Youth Justice socio-legal studies women and criminal justice gender and crime family and prison duty of care punishment harms carer imprisoned mother family policy courts

Authors and affiliations

  • Shona Minson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32737-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-32738-5
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