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Prisoners' families: civic virtue and policies of impoverishment

Smith, Rose, Grimshaw, Roger, Romeo, Renee and Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215 (2008) Prisoners' families: civic virtue and policies of impoverishment. Benefits: the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 16 (1). pp. 3-17. ISSN 0962-7898

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This article explores the poverty and disadvantage experienced by prisoners' families living at or below the level officially recognised as 'poor'. Current social policy ignores the priority given to the care needs of children by predominantly female relatives and partners of prisoners. In conjunction with criminal justice and immigration legislation, social policies have combined to impoverish, disadvantage and exclude prisoners' families. Reforms of the welfare system may improve the adequacy of state welfare benefits, but unless fundamentally reshaped, social policy could continue to penalise the 'care' offered by prisoners' families and so further entrench inequalities.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Policy Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 10:11
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:43

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