Drawing on original research from the Women, Family, Crime and Justice research network, this edited collection sheds new light on the challenges and experiences of women and families who encounter the criminal justice system in the UK.
Each contribution demonstrates how these groups are often ignored, oppressed and repeatedly victimised. The book addresses crucial issues including short-term imprisonment, trauma-specific interventions, schools supporting children affected by parental imprisonment and visibility and voice in research.
Bringing together contemporary knowledge from both research and practice, this ambitious volume offers valuable insights and practical recommendations for positive action and change.
“Through their critical reflections, feminist researchers, practitioners, activists and criminologists help us understand the many layers of systems failure, double standards and disadvantage that result in women’s criminalisation, while being clear that the point is to achieve change.” Jenny Earle, Transforming Lives Programme Director, Prison Reform Trust (2012–20)
“Drawing on personal experiences, this book demonstrates vividly the social injustices that embroil women in the penal system causing such hardship and distress for them and their children with little or no benefit to anyone.” Rob Canton, De Montfort University
Isla Masson is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester.
Lucy Baldwin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at De Montfort University.
Natalie Booth is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University.
Foreword: critical reflections from the Women, Family, Crime and Justice network - Jenny Earle
1. Starting the conversation: an introduction to the WFCJ network - Isla Masson and Natalie Booth
2. Playing the game: women and community punishment - Nicola Harding
3. Harmful social and cultural practices that exist within South Asian communities in the UK and their impact on women - Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan and Isla Masson
4. Exploring shame, love and healing within women’s recovery: an analysis of a trauma-specific intervention - Alexandria Bradley, Kirsty Day and Rose Mahon
5. Reducing the enduring harm of short terms of imprisonment - Isla Masson
6. ‘Without it you’re lost’: examining the role and challenges of family engagement services in prisons - Erin Power
7. What are the challenges and opportunities for schools in supporting children of people in prison? - Anna Jones
8. Impact and engagement work in the context of families of people in prison - Anna Kotova
9. Presence, voice and reflexivity in feminist and creative research: a personal and professional reflection - Lucy Baldwin
10. Service users being used: thoughts to the research community - Michaela Booth and Paula Harriott
11. Continuing the conversation: reflections from the Women, Family, Crime and Justice network - Lucy Baldwin, Isla Masson and Natalie Booth