"We do the sentence too": Families, imprisonment and legitimacy

12th May 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

The Project Room
50 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JU

Until very recently, families affected by imprisonment remained largely neglected by both researchers and policy makers. This is now beginning to change, and there is a growing body of research demonstrating that this form of punishment may have a considerable negative impact on other family members. This lecture will explore how this particular form of punishment is experienced by families already facing social marginalisation, arguing that this raises important questions about the perceived fairness and legitimacy of the wider criminal justice system.

Dr Cara Jardine is a Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde. This lecture is drawn from her PhD research, conducted at the University of Edinburgh, which examined the impact of imprisonment on families and relationships.

This event is organised by the Howard League for Penal Reform in Scotland and co-sponsored by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Law and Society.