Healthier prisons: The role of a prison visitors' centre

Article English OPEN
Woodall, J ; Dixey, R ; Green, J ; Newell, C (2009)

Since the inception of the prison as a ‘setting’ for health promotion, there has been a focus on how the health of those men and women who spend ‘time inside’ can at least be maintained and if possible, enhanced, during their prison sentence. This paper presents findings from a mainly qualitative evaluation of a prison visitors' centre in the UK. It reports experiences of prisoners' families, prisoners, prison staff, the local community and the ways in which the visitors' centre has contributed positively to their health and well-being. In addition, key stakeholders were interviewed to ascertain the role this visitors' centre has in policy frameworks related to re-offending. The findings from this evaluation underscore how the visitors' centre improved the quality of visits, and contributed towards the maintenance of family ties through the help and support it provides for families and prisoners. The paper concludes by suggesting that visitors' centres are an essential part of a modern prison service helping to address the government's health inequalities agenda.
  • References (31)
    31 references, page 1 of 4

    Baybutt M, Hayton P, Dooris M (2007). Prisons in England and Wales: an important public health opportunity. In J Douglas, S Earle, S Handsley, C Lloyd, S Spurr (Eds.), A reader in promoting public health. Challenge and controversy, 237- 245. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

    Boswell G (2002). Imprisoned fathers: the children's view. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 41, 14-26.

    Cunningham A (2001). Forgotten families-the impacts of imprisonment. Australian Institute of Family Studies, 59, 35-38.

    de Viggiani N (2006). Surviving prison: exploring prison social life as a determinant of health. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 2, 71-89.

    Department of Health (1992). The health of the nation: a strategy for health in England, London: HMSO.

    Department of Health (1999). Saving lives: our healthier nation, London: Stationery Office.

    Department of Health (2002). Health promoting prisons: a shared approach, London: Crown.

    Greenwood N, Amor S, Boswell J, Joliffe D, Middleton, B (1999). Scottish Needs Assessment Programme. Health promotion in prisons, Glasgow: Office for Public Health in Scotland.

    Hairston C (1998). The forgotten parent: understanding the forces that influence incarcerated fathers' relationships with their children. Child Welfare, 77, 617- 640.

    Hairston CF (1991). Family ties during imprisonment: important to whom and for what. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 18, 87-104.

  • Metrics
    0
    views in OpenAIRE
    0
    views in local repository
    261
    downloads in local repository

    The information is available from the following content providers:

    From Number Of Views Number Of Downloads
    Leeds Beckett University Repository - IRUS-UK 0 261
Share - Bookmark