Source: (2002) Relational Justice Bulletin. May (14):4-5. Downloaded 15 May 2003.

Nancy Loucks discusses the value of prison visitation in preserving prisoners’ relationships. She begins by noting statistics that indicate a significant drop in the proportion of visits to prisons in England in recent years. This points to one of the most difficult boundaries to cross, namely, the boundary between prisoners and their families. Yet, as Loucks observes, encouraging family ties through visits eases the difficulties of the prison experience and noticeably reduces the likelihood of re-offending. In view of all of this, she reports on her research into ways to support such visits – such as Prison Visitors’ Centres – as well as problems in providing such support.

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