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The home front: The families of politically motivated prisoners in Northern Ireland

Mcevoy, K and O'Mahony, D and Horner, C and Lyner, O (1999) 'The home front: The families of politically motivated prisoners in Northern Ireland.' British Journal of Criminology, 39 (2). 175 - 197. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

This article is based upon a survey of partners of politically motivated prisoners 1 in Northern Ireland. It examines issues related to the visiting experience, the maintenance of contact through letters, home leave and release, and the provision of support from extended family, civil society and professional agencies. The authors argue that while the political ideology of prisoners and families is important, it does not insulate them from the practical and emotional difficulties of coping with imprisonment. It is also argued that despite a system of relatively well resourced support offered to prisoners' families in Northern Ireland, the failure of the families of politicals to avail themselves of these services offers important lessons for the process of prisoner release and reintegration as part of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jake Newell
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 15:27
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:24
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13476

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