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'It was almost normal' : the significance of kid's days at Tasmania's Risdon Prison in maintaining connections between children and their incarcerated parents

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Toohey, J-A (2012) 'It was almost normal' : the significance of kid's days at Tasmania's Risdon Prison in maintaining connections between children and their incarcerated parents. Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

It is unfortunate that in an era when progressive thinking is celebrated, human rights are on
many people's agenda, and both government and non-government organisations are
supposedly working to create a more sustainable life for those considered to be marginalised,
the difficulties that families of prisoners face rarely take centre stage in political forums or
policy debates. Imprisonment, essentially based on a model of retribution, is immune to the
plight of families, caught up in the 'ripple effect' that extends well beyond the incarcerated
family member.
The following research examines the challenges encountered by the children of prisoners and
considers the emotional, social and financial toll that arises as a result of parental
incarceration as well as the potential risks of intergenerational criminality. Despite calls from
lobby groups, no-one regularly monitors the parental status of prisoners - the collection of
statistics is generally dependent upon researchers and non-government organisations.
This study investigates Kids' Days at Tasmania's Risdon Prison. These special days are
designed to improve contact and interaction between children and their imprisoned parents.
Kids' Days recognise the rights of children to know and interact with their parents, and for
parents, regardless of their status as prisoners, to know and interact with their children.

Item Type: Thesis (Coursework Master)
Keywords: Children of prisoners, Children's rights, Prisoners, Parents
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Copyright 2012 the author

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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. About the study -- Ch. 2. Setting the scene -- Ch. 3. Researching a Tasmanian initiative -- Ch. 4. Voices from within Risdon Prison -- Ch. 5. Voices from outside Risdon Prison -- Ch. 6. Discussion

Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 23:37
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 00:59
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