Short But Not Sweet: A study of the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers & their children

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2017-07-11

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De Montfort University

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Abstract

This research report is based on a small scale study of 17 post prison mothers, and their fifty children The report serves to highlight the significant harm of short custodial sentences on mothers and their children. The report, heavy with the voices of post prison mothers, identifies mothers' own view of the impact of short custodial sentences on themselves and their children. Mothers described challenges to their physical and mental health, challenges in relation to contact, lack of maternal support and significant impact on children. The report echo's previous research findings in relation to the harm of custodial sentences for mothers, reiterating that previously identified harms occur even when sentences are a matter of weeks as opposed to months. The report makes recommendations for positive change. The report concludes with suggestions for future research.

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This research was also supported by Coventry University where Rona Epstein, ( joint author), is an Honorary research assistant.

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Mothers in Prison, Short Prison Sentences, Impact of prison on mothers and children

Citation

Baldwin, L. and Epstein, R. (2017) Short But Not Sweet: A study of the impact of short sentences on mothers and their children. Oakdale Trust. Leicester. De Montfort University

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice