Traditionally, the field of prisons and human rights has almost exclusively been a matter of balancing the state’s legitimate use of power and security concerns against the individual prisoner’s rights. In this chapter, we aim to remedy this problem by looking at the rights of children with imprisoned parents. First, we discuss the development of prisoners’ rights where after we turn to the question of their relatives and especially their children. We then discuss children’s rights and focus on three specific issues and sets of rights: 1) the protection of the best interest of the child, 2) the right to have regular contact with the imprisoned parent, and 3) the right of the child to express his or her view and to be heard in matters affecting the child. The central question is how the rights of children with a parent in prison should inform and help shape prison law and concrete prison practice.
|Title of host publication||Parental Imprisonment and Children’s Rights|
|Editors||Fiona Donson, Aisling Parkes|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication date||31 Mar 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Mar 2021|
|MoE publication type||B2 Book chapter|
|Name||Routledge Studies on Crime, Justice, and the Family|