Policies for incarcerated mothers and their families in Australian corrections

Farrell, Ann (1998) Policies for incarcerated mothers and their families in Australian corrections. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 31(2), pp. 101-118.


The incarceration of a mother usually brings considerable dislocation to the offending women's children and family. This paper examines current policies for the inmate mother, for her children and for the caregiver(s) of her children on the outside in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The study found that while inmate mothers need support from 'significant others' within and outside the prison to cope with the dual roles of prisoner and mother, the custodial enviornment with its philosophy of incarceration, its mode of containment and its rules and regulations runs counter to such needs.

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ID Code: 280
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Originally published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 31(2). Reprinted with permission.
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Keywords: female incarceration, inmate mothers, Australian prisons, young children, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria
ISSN: 0157-1532
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 Butterworths
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 12:37

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