Read … the stories from families affected by imprisonment

Jane (mother) – 31

“Pete and Jane have two young children. They live in a happy home where Pete is the main carer and earner.

In July 2016, Pete was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Shunned by her community, friends, and family, Jane struggled to balance work and family life. She started to get into debt, her physical health deteriorated, and she began to suffer from anxiety and depression.

As Jane’s mental health declined, her family became more and more affected, especially her eldest son John, aged 7, who began to show challenging behaviour at home and at school.”

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Julie (young person) – 15

“I was fifteen when my big brother first went in to prison…”

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Peter (young person) – 16

“when you’re the eldest out of four you dinnae really want to show your emotions in
front of the other three, when you find out mum’s in jail…”

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Corrine (young person) – 17

“My Dad is in prison for drug dealing. He got a 12 year prison sentence. I am 17 and
I never knew he did this sort of thing…”

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