Prison visits and desistance: a human rights perspective

Hutton, Marie (2017) Prison visits and desistance: a human rights perspective. In: Hart, Emily Luise and Van Ginniken, Esther F J C (eds.) New Perspectives on Desistance. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 187-209. ISBN 9781349951857

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The important role of family contact in the desistance process is almost universally acknowledged and enshrined in policy on prison visits in England and Wales. In the first instance, this chapter challenges these dominant narratives and questions the extent to which such a discourse is legitimate and appropriate. This chapter then argues that the system of linking visits entitlement to prisoners’ incentive and earned privileges status is misguided and pernicious policy. Rather than fostering the Article 8 right to respect for private and family life of prisoners’ and their families, this policy fundamentally undermines it and the right to rehabilitation that is central to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: prison visits; family contact; human rights; desistance; prisons
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Subjects: K Law
Depositing User: Marie Hutton
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2018 15:18
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2018 15:18

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