Author: Dr Shona Minson Discussants: Professor Felicity Gerry QC, Professor Laura Lundy, Professor Shadd Maruna (see below for bios) Chair: Professor Rachel Condry The Centre for Criminology and the
The pandemic has impacted on the rights of children whose parent is in prison. Their right to family life (Article 8, Human Rights Act, 1998)
I keep experiencing cognitive dissonance. It comes from reading government speeches and accounts that say one thing, set against a reality (much of which the
Have you time for a story? It’s about real people and real life. Jane was charged with a criminal offence and a court date was
Lockdowns both inside and outside prisons look like they will be part of our national life for some time, and it is not too late for changes to be made which prioritise children’s wellbeing in conjunction with public health in prisons.
It may well have been a proportionate response to stop physical visits on the 23rd March in the light of the public health crisis, but the total removal of the right to family life through contact with their parent, of every child with a parent in prison, extending now for 100+ days, seems to be neither reasonable nor proportionate.