Keeping in Touch with a Family Member in Prison

Organised by Dr Kirsty Deacon (Glasgow) as part of her Scottish Justice Fellow role this event brought together 25 attendees across a variety of organisations with an interest in families’ experiences of a member’s imprisonment. It focused in particular on young people’s experiences of keeping in touch with a family member while they are in prison.

The aim of the event was to facilitate a discussion and sharing of a range of expertise in this area with the aim of moving work to improve young people’s experiences in this area forward. The morning involved presentations covering a research, policy and practice angle to this topic as well as a presentation involving young people’s own voices around this experience.

“Keeping in Touch with a Family Member in Prison”
Dr Kirsty Deacon, University of Glasgow

“Rights, What Rights?”
Prof. Nancy Loucks, CEO Families Outside

HMP Kilmarnock – Family Learning Group

“Wake Up Call“
Graeme McKerracher, Vox Liminis / KIN

The afternoon consisted of round table discussions around the issues which were raised during the presentations, a sharing of existing best practice and discussions around potential improvements which could be made around contact with family members in prison and the different roles organisations can play in this.