When the Innocent are Punished

The Children of Imprisoned Parents

  • Peter Scharff Smith

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Prison, Society and Prisoners’ Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 3-6
    3. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 7-20
    4. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 21-39
  3. Children of Imprisoned Parents: Their Numbers, Problems and Human Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 43-47
  4. Prisoners’ Children: From Arrest to Release of Their Imprisoned Parents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Peter Scharff Smith, Janne Jakobsen
      Pages 115-132
    3. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 133-137
    4. Peter Scharff Smith, Janne Jakobsen
      Pages 144-169
    5. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 170-179
    6. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 187-193
    7. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 194-201
    8. Peter Scharff Smith
      Pages 214-223
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 234-298

About this book


There are millions of children experiencing parental imprisonment all over the world. This book is about their problems, human rights and how they are treated throughout the justice process from the arrest of a parent to imprisonment and release.


Prisons Children Children's rights Human Rights Police Imprisonment Stigmatization Penal populism Prison history children human rights police stress

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Scharff Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Danish Institute for Human RightsDenmark

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