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Relationships in Prison

Shaw, Stephen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Relational Justice Bulletin. December (12):1-2.

The breakdown of relationships is often the first byproduct of incarceration, according to Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, Stephen Shaw. In this article, Shaw discusses the benefits, to both staff and prisoners, of encouraging family relationships to thrive although one member is incarcerated. As a result of stronger familial and social relationships, Shaw says that prisoners are able to see a world larger than the one in which they live. Consequently, they begin to treat officials and one another with more respect. General disciplinary actions, in prisons, which promote such relationships between prisoners and the outside world, have been greatly reduced. Shaw also argues that the chance of successful re-socialization once prisoners are released correlates to healthy family connections.


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