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.
Providing new qualitative research on the lived experiences of caregiving relatives, alongside theoretically informed and policy-relevant insights, Booth shows the difficult and damaging consequences of the ‘family sentence’ they serve. Exploring the stigma, scarce statutory support and policy neglect they face, she offers much-needed evidence to encourage the development of a more inclusive, understanding and family-oriented justice system.
“This is an original and well-researched book presenting new empirical data. A highly topical book that is recommended reading for anyone who is interested in the experiences of those affected by maternal imprisonment.” Helen Codd, University of Central Lancashire
Natalie Booth is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University.
Preface: Linda’s story
The landscape of maternal imprisonment: caregiving and family life
Researching the caregiver’s lived experiences
Family constructions and caregiving practices
Renegotiating family life: caregiving in the aftermath of the mother’s imprisonment
Navigating the criminal justice system
Social support, familial stigma and release
Kin caregiving: occupying a disenfranchised status while serving the family sentence
Reflections on the research process