The cost of custodial sentences for families affect by imprisonment

This new book by Cara Jardine examines what it means to be a family within the restrictive, disruptive, and often distressing context of imprisonment. Drawing on extensive qualitative research, it argues that imprisonment can exacerbate the poverty and inequality already experienced by many families. Further, supporting a person in custody can bring families into regular contact with criminal justice system in ways which are often frustrating and stigmatising. This raises fundamental questions about how fair and legitimate families perceive the justice system to be, and the wider social harms of prisons themselves.