SJF Briefing: Bereavement and Imprisonment: Prisoners’ experiences of death-related grief

Published: December 2023

This Scottish Justice Fellowship briefing by Dr Tia Simanovic provides an overview of key messages from her doctoral research on prisoners’ experiences of bereavement prior to and/or during imprisonment in two Scottish prisons.

It elaborates on the main findings and situates them into current policy contexts in Scotland,
focusing specifically on the unintended consequences of the restrictive, and discretionarily applied, definition of a near relative in the Escorted Day Absence Direction (2011), used for regulating day release(s) for different purposes, including funerals or hospital visits of terminally ill relatives.

The Scottish Justice Fellowships are a collaboration between the Scottish Government, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) Fellowships fund leading doctoral researchers near or recently completing PhDs to translate their work into accessible outputs aimed at policy and practice audiences.

Authors / Editors

Dr Tia Simanovic

University of Hull & University of Strathclyde

Research Themes

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

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