Incarcerating Motherhood: The Enduring Harms of First Short Periods of Imprisonment on Mothers (Hardback)Isla Masson (author)
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The longevity of the harm caused by first time incarceration is still unknown, especially when the time spent in prison is minimal and when that person has dependent children. With large numbers of female prisoners currently serving short sentences in the UK, many of whom are primary caregivers, we may ask ourselves what kind of impact this imprisonment can have on both parent and child in the long term.
This book investigates how even an initial short period in prison negatively impacts mothers and their children. Based on original research and first-hand interviews with mothers during and post-custody, it covers various aspects of their lives including housing, employment, mental health and debt assessing both material concerns as well as the physical and emotional consequences of short-term imprisonment. The author asks to what extent these female prisoners become institutionalized and lose their sense of identity in a short space of time, whether this continues to affect them post-custody and what level of support they are provided both whilst incarcerated and once they are released. The research also explores what bearing the initial separation and the care provided during the mother's absence will have on their children's lives, as well as asking whether the affects of imprisonment on the mother also increases the vulnerability of her children. It provides a platform for readers to hear how a `short sharp shock' can cause on-going harm to an already vulnerable group in society and how even short term imprisonment have much longer multi-dimensional consequences.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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