October 2022

Families Outside examined in this publication the role of imprisonment in creating, sustaining and deepening poverty, and its impact on families.

The research found that about five and a half million people live in Scotland with just over 7,400 people in prison, 96% of whom are male (Scottish Prison Service, 2022). Families affected by prison reported a reduction in social activities and an increase in isolation, with some likening this to ‘permanent lockdown’. Around a fifth of parents reported that they could no longer afford to pay for their children to attend clubs and activities, highlighting the generational disadvantages created by imprisonment.

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