Poverty and Disadvantage among prisoners' families

Rose Smith, Roger Grimshaw, Renee Romeo and Martin Knapp
Friday, 4 May, 2007

Poverty and Disadvantage among prisoners families was produced by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College and was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The report examines how prisoners' families are `hidden innocent victims' who experience significant impoverishment. Based on interviews with family members and an evaluation of services for prisoners' families the research concludes that current criminal justice and social welfare policy `combine to impoverish and disadvantage, and exclude the relatives of those in prison'. The research shows that children, in particular, are suffering hardship as a result of the imprisonment of a family member.