The Problems and Reactions of Prisoners’ Children: A Review of Research

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


A person’s arrest and imprisonment often has a serious impact on the lives of several other people. In the case of close family — especially children — this impact can be very serious indeed and these individuals can suffer emotional, economic and psychological consequences. As already explained, imprisonment is wrought with taboos and stigmatisation, which will often affect children on top of all the other problems that follow from having a father or mother in prison. Taken together, the many and far-reaching ways in which imprisonment can affect close relatives has been termed an experience of “secondary prisonization”.1


Mental Health Problem Foster Care Prison Population Family House Parental Imprisonment 
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  • Peter Scharff Smith
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  1. 1.Danish Institute for Human RightsDenmark

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