Saturday Morning at the Jail: Implications of Incarceration for Families and Children

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This article is about research conducted in the USA. It notes that there is little known about the experiences of families affected by imprisonment despite there being millions of children who have a parent in prison worldwide. There were 56 interviews conducted with caregivers who were visiting a family member in prison during children's visiting hours. The interviews gathered information around family, health, economics, and the legal aspects of the imprisonment. The interviews were conducted within a conceptual framework that acknowledged the losses associated with a parent's imprisonment. The study revealed that the majority of families were economically strained before the imprisonment of a family member and the most vulnerable of those became worse off afterwards. Other issues revealed concern parenting, emotional stress and concern around loss of involvement between the child and their imprisoned parent. The article makes recommendations for US policy. View Saturday Morning at the Jail here.

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