A Holistic Approach to Prisoners’ Families—From Arrest to Release

  • Rachel CondryEmail author
  • Peter Scharff Smith
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Some studies have underlined the importance of looking at how families become involved during the various phases of the criminal justice process in order to understand the trajectory of their experiences before, during, and after imprisonment and the impact upon them at each stage (Condry in Families Shamed: The Consequences of Crime for Relatives of Serious Offenders, Willan, Cullompton, 2007; McDermott and King in: R. Shaw (ed) Prisoners’ Children: What Are the Issues? Routledge, London, 1992; Smith in When the Innocent Are Punished: The Children of Imprisoned Parents, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2014; Smith and Gampell in The Children of Imprisoned Parents, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen, 2011). This chapter considers each of these stages: the arrest, pre-trial, prison regimes, visits and contact, release, and re-entry, and argues for a holistic approach which considers the experiences of families across the criminal justice process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for CriminologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.The Department of Criminology and Sociology of LawOslo UniversityOsloNorway

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