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NCJ Number: 150563 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoners' Links With Their Children: Research on Benefits for Children and Their Parents (From Children, Evidence and Procedure, P 27-31, 1993, Noel K Clark and Geoffrey M Stephenson, eds. -- See NCJ-150558)
Author(s): E Lloyd
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: British Psychological Soc
Leicester, LE1 7DR, England
Sale Source: British Psychological Soc
St Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE1 7DR,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the legal rights of prisoners' children in the United Kingdom and research in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom on the benefits of inmate links with their children.
Abstract: In the United Kingdom, child contact with the imprisoned parent is seen as a right of the child rather than as a right of the prisoner. Further, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can be directly applied to prisoners' children. Research in Australia indicates that good relationships between prisoners and their children are essential and that longer visits are more effective than shorter visits. Research in New Zealand shows that parole for male prisoners is more successful when inmates maintain strong family ties and receive frequent family visits. Research in Scotland confirms that prisoners are concerned about maintaining links with their families. Additional research in the United Kingdom indicates that lack of contact between prisoners and children jeopardizes the chances of families being reunited after prisoners are released. Implications of the research findings for policy and practice are discussed. 25 references
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Australia; Children of incarcerated offenders; Criminology; Families of inmates; Family support; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign inmates; Inmate visits; New Zealand; Rights of minors; Scotland; United Kingdom (UK)
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