Remand Imprisonment: A Stressful Phase of Transition

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


Danish as well as international research indicates that remand custody represents a particularly difficult period for families facing incarceration.1 It comes as no surprise that the stress usually afflicting the parent remaining at home can also affect the children.2 For partners who find themselves in this situation for the first time, the rules and their lack of immediately useful experience can be overwhelming.3 A small British qualitative study found that “the initial process of arrest and remand” was associated with disruption of the family income, disorientation, loss and uncertainty.4


Foster Care Family Policy Stressful Phase Pretrial Detention Detention Facility 
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    Rachel Condry, “Families Outside: The Diffi culties Faced by Relatives of Serious Offenders”, Prison Service Journal 174, no. 3 (2007a), 4. See also Con-dry (2007b, 52 ff.).Google Scholar
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    See, for example, Robertson (2012); The Osborne Association A Call to Action: A Report of the New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, May 2011; Smith and Jakobsen (2010).Google Scholar
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    Roy Walmsley, World Prison Population List, 9th ed. (London: International Centre for Prison Studies, 2011);Google Scholar
  4. D. Berry and P. English, The Socioeconomic Impact of Pretrial Detention (New York: Open Society Foundations, 2011), 15.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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