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FAIR: The Families and Imprisonment Research Study


Presentations from the FAIR Conference 2019

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On 25th June 2019, the FAIR Study team presented their emerging findings following the third wave of data collection. These findings comprise interviews with 40 families across an 8 year period following the father's imprisonment. 

The FAIR team also invited other scholars and practitioners involved with prisoners' families to present their latest work. The presentations can be watched below, and slides are also available. 




Welcome and Introduction

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe - Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology

Professor Friedrich Lösel - Co-Principal Investigator for the FAIR Study

Dr Caroline Lanskey - Principal Investigator for the FAIR Study

Keynote Speech - Lord Michael Farmer

Putting family and significant relationships at the heart of justice and other social policy.

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Caroline Lanskey and Lucy Markson

What does resilience mean for families who have experienced paternal imprisonment?

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Karen Souza

A longitudinal perspective on women’s experiences of their partner’s imprisonment, release and resettlement.

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Daniel McCarthy and Maria Adams

Prison visitation as Kafkaesque: The experiences of family members navigating penal bureaucracy.

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 Peter Scharff-Smith

Children of imprisoned parents: Prison regimes, contact, and family relationships.

Susie Hulley

‘I just wanted to be with my family’: The pain of familial dislocation among young lifers.

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 Keynote Speech - Professor Nancy Loucks

‘Not waving but drowning’: Opportunities and challenges in supporting families when someone goes to prison.

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Shona Minson

Judging mothers: The implications for children of maternal imprisonment.

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Kirsty Deacon

"Stressful" and "homely": Young people's experiences of inter- and intra-prison family relationships.

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Sophie Ellis

Families affected by paternal imprisonment in the UK: Ethnic and cultural perspectives.

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'Charley': A Mother's Perspective


Charley (not her real name), a FAIR Study participant, gives her reflections on a selection of FAIR Study findings. 



Institute of Criminology



Centre for Community, Gender & Social Justice


Economic and Social Research Council