Children of prisoners

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Albeit children of prisoners can be severely affected by parental incarceration, criminological research has only recently started taking an interest in their experiences. This chapter focusses on children who experience parental imprisonment, with a specific focus on those in Australia and New Zealand. It summarises academic findings on the effects of parental incarceration and the wider impact of the adult criminal justice system on children. It draws from the authors’ own research in Australia to describe current policy responses to address these impacts, both legislative and practice-based. Comparisons are made with other jurisdictions to highlight innovative and child-sensitive responses in the courts, at sentencing, and at the point of imprisonment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice
EditorsAntje Deckert, Rick Sarre
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319557472
ISBN (Print)9783319557465
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Handbooks
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Criminology
  • Prisoners

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