105 SIX Maternal imprisonment: a family sentence Natalie Booth Introduction The Criminal Justice System (CJS) may only be charged with the responsibility of the prisoner – but when that prisoner is also a mother then we need to acknowledge that their custodial sentence will also interfere with family life (Loucks, 2005; Codd, 2008; Enroos, 2011). Viewing these women in isolation from their maternal status fails to recognise how they are embedded in social and familial networks, relationships and responsibilities, and generally perform a primary
their imprisoned mothers a year ( Howard League for Penal Reform, 2011 ; Crest Advisory, 2019 ). These high figures result from most women in prison being mothers, with research suggesting that children remain in the care of relatives – often grandparents and female kin 1 – while their mother is imprisoned ( Caddle and Crisp, 1997 ; PRT [Prison Reform Trust], 2018 ). Previous studies highlight how the separation that maternal imprisonment brings has multiple adverse consequences for both mothers ( Enos, 2001 ; Baldwin, 2015 ; Masson, 2019 ) and children
Joint Human Rights Committee report on maternal imprisonment (UK Parliament, 2019), there exists a cautious optimism that positive change is afoot, albeit in a limited capacity. It remains to be seen if these successive publications and their recommendations will enjoy any greater success than Corston (2007) . Corston, in her review of ‘vulnerable women in the criminal justice system’, made 43 valid and sensible recommendations, the majority of which were accepted by government. However, over a decade later very little progress has been made in terms of their
Exploring the untold experiences of family members and friends caring for the children of female prisoners in England and Wales, this book sheds light on the collateral damage that incarceration causes those who take over caregiving responsibilities for the children of female prisoners.
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