Abass, Tahir, Reeves, Carla and Raikes, Ben (2016) Breaking down barriers: understanding the experience of British Pakistani families affected by imprisonment. Probation Journal. ISSN 0264-5505

This paper explores the experiences and support needs of families of British Pakistani prisoners through in-depth interviews with six family members of different BP prisoners: four males and two females, ranging between 18-40 years. Key findings are that family members of prisoners experienced the Criminal Justice System as culturally inappropriate and insensitive, raising questions of direct, indirect and institutional racism. Furthermore, family members were more likely to access support if criminal justice and support services staff were drawn from the wider British Pakistani community, but felt hindered from doing so if those staff were thought to have personal relationships to the families’ own local communities.

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