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Vendredi 05 Juin 2020


Not my Crime, Still my Sentence



Mercredi 29 Mai 2013 - Jeudi 29 Mai 2014


Children separated from an imprisoned parent have a right to well-being and family contact, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Studies show that regular quality contact with an imprisoned parent helps promote resilience in most children. Yet national policies across Europe are lagging in terms of ensuring this quality contact, despite the significant number of children involved—nearly 1 million affected by parental incarceration on a given day each year. Progress needs to be achieved to protect these vulnerable children in law and national policies. Yet policies can only be effective if they are grounded in good practice. By enlisting the support of Jean Lambert, MEP via an international petition, we aim to promote both the rights to family contact and well-being of these children; and national policies grounded in good practice that help meet their needs. These include more flexible visits hours for children visiting a parent in prison, so they don’t interfere with school hours; and promoting welcoming, comfortable visits environments in prisons. Regular telephone contact should be encouraged, as should child impact statements during sentencing, to ensure that a parent is sent to a prison near the child’s home.












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