Visiting time: a tale of two prisons

Hutton, Marie A (2016) Visiting time: a tale of two prisons. Probation Journal, 63 (3). pp. 347-361. ISSN 0264-5505

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Abstract

Prison visitation remains an under-researched and under-theorised aspect of prison life. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, this article takes an in-depth look at the lived experience of the prison visit from the perspectives of prisoners and their visitors. First, this paper describes the inherently problematic nature of current visits practice reflecting on the restrictions placed on prisoners and families and the longer term implications for their lives post-release. Whilst acknowledging these fundamental flaws, the paper then, describes what can make some visiting experiences more ‘survivable’ than others by comparing visiting experiences at two ostensibly similar prisons.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: prison conditions, prison visits, prisoners’ families, rehabilitation, human rights,
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law
Depositing User: Marie Hutton
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 09:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73300

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