The impact of having a parent in prison can weigh significantly on a family, with children particularly affected.
A recent report commissioned by the Childhood Development Initiative has shown that children experience separation anxiety, emotional disturbances, and stigma leading to bullying if a parent is incarcerated.
The CEO of the Childhood Development Initiative Marian Quinn, as well as James Bowes, a former prisoner who co-authored the report talked to Ray D’Arcy:
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality held a public hearing in July 2019 on the issue of spent convictions. The Joint Committee explored the potential for reform broadly, with Senator Lynn Ruane’s Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018, which seeks to expand spent convictions legislation in Ireland and is now (20th Nov 2019) at the Report Stage, forming a large part of the context of the report. Read the full report here: