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    Prisoners' families and the regulation of contact

    Brooks-Gordon, Belinda and Bainham, A. (2004) Prisoners' families and the regulation of contact. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 26 (3), pp. 263-280. ISSN 0964-9069.

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    This article explores HM Prison Service policy and the impact of case law on the rights of prisoners to family contact. First, state provision and policy for prisoner-family contact is reviewed and the constraints imposed on contact over the past decade are explored. A number of legal challenges to these constraints have been made recently and, drawing on domestic case law and challenges in the European Court of Human Rights we explore the nature of prisoners' rights of contact in prison. This analysis shows that while fathers' rights for indirect contact are upheld, their rights are not respected as much as those of mothers in cases of direct contact and also that men unable to establish family life have their rights further eroded. Drawing upon empirical research findings as well as case law, the relationship between the Prison Act 1952 and the Children Act 1989 is considered and policy recommendations are put forward.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Prison, Contact, Parents, Rights, Adoption, Mbu
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 14:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:40


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