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Prisons, Punishment, and the FamilyTowards a New Sociology of Punishment?$
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Rachel Condry and Peter Scharff Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810087.001.0001

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Prisoners’ Families and the Problem of Social Justice

Prisoners’ Families and the Problem of Social Justice

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Prisons, Punishment, and the Family

Rachel Condry

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the wide-ranging impact of imprisonment upon the lives of the families of prisoners and the entrenched social inequalities that this both generates and reinforces. It considers the concept of social justice and whether it is useful to this enterprise. The chapter furthermore questions why the families of prisoners are faced with many difficulties. It applies theories of social justice to the consequences experienced by families of prisoners and asks whether or not those consequences are consistent with the principles of these theories. In a democratic society that claims to be organised around principles of equal citizenship, the chapter argues that there is a need to fully consider how and why families of prisoners (as innocent citizens) are affected by punishment inflicted by the state.

Keywords:   social justice, social inequalities, equal citizenship, punishment of prisoners’ families, inequity

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