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Resources on Families of Prisoners

 Prison can be tough on the prisoner, yes, but what about the family of the incarcerated? Issues with prisons, prisoners, and the criminal justice system in general have been in the news a lot lately and the Dewey Library is here to help navigate the subject. Below is a list of resources available through the libraries on the topic of how incarceration affects the family of the incarcerated.


Arditti, J. A. (2012). Parental incarceration and the family: Psychological and social effects of imprisonment on children, parents, and caregivers. NY: New York University Press. Dewey Library / HV 8886 U5 A73 2012

Harris, Y. R., Graham, J. A., Carpenter, G. J. O. (2010). Children of incarcerated parents: Theoretical, developmental, and clinical issues. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Dewey Library / HV 8886 U5 C53 2010

Leverentz, A. M. (2014). The ex-prisoner’s dilemma: How women negotiate competing narratives of reentry and distance. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Dewey Library / HV 9304 L427 2014

Murray, J. et. al. (2014). Effects of parental incarceration on children: Cross-national comparative studies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Dewey Library / HV 8885 M87 2014

Siegel, J. A. (2011). Disrupted Childhoods: Children of women in prison. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Dewey Library / HV 8886 U5 S54 2011

Wakefield, S., Wildeman, C. J. (2014). Children of the prison boom: Mass incarceration and the future of American inequality. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online / HV 8886 U5 W35 2014 WWW


Criminal Justice Abstracts with full text

Social Services Abstracts

Social Work Abstracts 

Search Terms:

Children of prisoners

Families of prisoners

Prisoners’ families

Prisoner – family relations

Welfare dependence

These are just a few resources available from the libraries. For a full list of databases or access to our Minerva catalogue, go to the University Libraries website. For more in depth help with searching this or related topics, contact the criminal justice subject specialist, Richard Irving, at

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