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Title: Structure of the Juvenile Prison: Constructing the Inmate Father
Journal: Youth & Society  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:March 2001  Pages:360-394
Author(s): Anne M. Nurse
Date Published: March 2001
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: SBR-9633153;OJP-97-017-M;975-1299
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the structure of the juvenile prison and its effect on the relationship between inmate fathers and their children.
Abstract: Placing prison structure into a historical and social context, the article examines its effects on father/child relations. This includes analysis of the gendered nature of the institution, its patriarchal/punitive structure, and its high-stress environment. The analysis is based on observations at three California youth prisons, survey data from 181 parolee-fathers, and in-depth interview data from a subset of 20 of the survey respondents. Because incarcerated men miss years of their families’ lives, many become alienated from their children and from the mothers of those children. In addition, high rates of incarceration in poor and minority communities contribute to increased poverty and other social problems. The article recommends that one of the primary goals of public policy should be to reduce the number of young fathers incarcerated. Fathers who do spend time in prison should have the opportunity to take parenting classes and to meet with paroled fathers and share their experiences. These programs can help fathers gain general background knowledge, master specific techniques, learn new behavior patterns, and make practical and realistic plans for building a relationship with their children. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Child welfare; Children of incarcerated offenders; Correctional institutions (juvenile); Families of inmates; Inmate Programs; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Parent education; Parent-Child Relations
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