From mothering behind bars to parenting beyond barriers? The right to family life and the politics of imprisonment

Vanessa Munro


There are, of course, a number of concerns
and difficulties associated with the imprisonment of a parent. In
the present article, however, discussion will focus only on one
issue, namely access to and removal from prison mother and baby
units. More specifically, this paper will look at recent case law
on the prison service's administration of these units in order to
suggest that more might be done in this context to protect the
Article 8 rights, of both an imprisoned mother and her child.
Article by Dr Vanessa E. Munro (School of Law, King's College
London) published in Amicus Curiae - Journal of the Society for
Advanced Legal Studies. The Journal is produced by the Society
for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal
Studies, University of London. This article is taken from a paper
presented by the author at the Institute of Advanced Legal
Studies during a workshop on prison & family on May 18,

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