Imprisoned Fatherhood

Imprisoned Fatherhood

Men’s sense of being and behaving as fathers is often irrecoverably eroded during their time in prison. Prolonged absences, difficult visits and the stress and resentment associated with prison make it difficult for fathers and children to maintain meaningful relationships. However, maintaining imprisoned fathers contact with their partners and their children is an important component in efforts to reduce recidivism and to protect vulnerable children from criminal careers. Recognizing the importance of such family connections, the Irish Penal Reform Trust is currently implementing changes to facilitate meaningful father-child interaction and support families affected by imprisonment

The current project is funded by the Irish Research Council and aims to capture the experience of imprisoned fathers and their families as well as assess how changes within the prison have affected mothers, fathers and children. Results from this project will influence future policy surrounding provisions made for imprisoned families. Potential impact can be seen to affect recidivism, inter-generational offending and rehabilitation, being felt by incarcerated fathers, their families and society in general.

Researchers include

Daragh Bradshaw, UL; Prof Orla Muldoon, UL

Partner organisations include:

Bedford Row Family ProjectIrish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)Irish Prison ServiceTallaght West Childhood Development Initiative