Visiting in Prisons: Staff, Children, Conditions and Practice

  • Peter Scharff Smith
  • Janne Jakobsen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Thousands of children visit prisons daily in order to see a parent. But even though the prison, as an institution, has several centuries under its belt, it has generally not tried to adapt to the needs of these children. Fortunately, this is currently changing at least in some prisons in some parts of the world, but it is still difficult to imagine an institution further removed from the idea of a child-friendly place. Under all circumstances, many children do visit their imprisoned parents. As this fact gains more attention, it seems increasingly difficult to argue against taking the perspective and needs of these children seriously.


Police Officer State Prison Security Check Solitary Confinement Prison Officer 
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