In the context of the recent and tragic deaths of two babies born to mothers in prison, the impact of imprisoning pregnant women is now a critical issue for society. This timely book addresses an overlooked area of criminal justice by focusing on the experience – both physical and mental – of pregnancy, birth and/or separation, and new motherhood in prison.
Based on the lived realities of mothers speaking in and after prison, it passionately argues the case for minimising harm. Featuring recommendations for improving practice, the book is key reading for criminology and midwifery students and researchers as well as policy makers and practitioners.
Lucy Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University.
Laura Abbott is a Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire.
Part One: Context and Landscape of Women and Criminal Justice
Part Two: Underpinning Research, Methods and the Mothers
How We Came To Be Here: 100 Years of Criminalised Motherhood
The Process of Incarcerating Motherhood
Life in a Goldfish Bowl
The Persisting Pain of Incarcerated Pregnancy
A Better Way: Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations