Research & Resources

Join the Dots: Considering the impact of parental incarceration on children and young people – Commissioner for Children and Young People (April 2022)

Prisoner’s Kids: The Invisible Victims of Crime – NOVA Smart Solutions (July 2016)

Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children – National Institute of Justice (Mar 2017)
“Children of incarcerated parents face profound and complex threats to their emotional, physical, educational and financial well-being.”

Children of prisoners six times more likely to end up in jail – ABC News (Feb 2017)

Second Chances SA on ABC News (Video) – ABC News (Feb 2017)

The Australian children 24 times more likely to face jail than their peers – Sydney Morning Herald (April 2015)
“Indigenous children and teenagers are 24 times more likely to be incarcerated than their non-Indigenous peers.”

Prisoners and their families – Australian Institute of Family Studies

Children with a parent in prison – Department for Correctional Services SA

After Years of Visiting My Dad in Prison, We Are Now Friends – Buzzfeed (Oct 2015)

Improving outcomes for a child with a parent in prison – Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit NZ (June 2015)

Research to Practice: Children with Parents in Prison – Australian National University (Dec 2013)

Families of prisoners: Literature review on issues and difficulties – Department of Family and Community Services (2003)
“It appears that an indirect effect of the justice system is to foster intergenerational offending. It was found in the United States that imprisoning a parent increases the likelihood of their children becoming incarcerated by up to six times.”

Dropping Off the Edge – Jesuit Social Services & Catholic Social Services Australia (2021)

Prisoners of fate: The challenges of creating change for children of incarcerated parents – Amy Cyphert, Maryland Law Review (2018)

Getting ‘tougher’ on crime won’t make us safer – Julie Edwards, The Age (Nov 2018)
Sadly, we know who will end up committing crimes and end up in our jails. It’s the children we fail early in life…
…We must start with these children and their families, invest more and get them back on track. We must keep them safe, healthy and engaged with school. We must make them part of our community – not shun them and push them away.”

Young people need support to break cycle of crime – InDaily (Oct 2017)

Warning on self-fulfilling prophecy of children protection spending – InDaily (Aug 2018)

Dropping Off the Edge – Jesuit Social Services & Catholic Social Services Australia (2015)

The faulty child welfare system is the real issue behind our youth justice crisis – The Conversation (Feb 2017)

Youth Justice – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

The importance of supporting family connections to ensure successful re-entry – Emily Mooney & Nila Bala, (Oct 2018)

Mother-and-Infant Facilities at Adelaide Women’s Prison: A Cost Effective Measure in the Best Interests of the Child – Juliette McIntyre, University of South Australia (Sep 2017)

Less Incarceration, Less Crime – The Pew Charitable Trust (March 2017)

Restorative Justice (Slideshow Presentation) – Professor Rick Sarre (Feb 2017)

Why we must reduce the prison population rather than build new prisons – The Conversation (Feb 2017)

Prisoners in Australia – Australian Bureau of Statistics (Dec 2016)

Is the prison system just a revolving door? – ABC News (Aug 2016) 

From expected re-offender to trusted neighbour: why we should rethink our prisons – The Conversation (Aug 2016)

The Effects of Prison Visitation on Offender Recidivism – Criminal Justice Policy Review (Dec 2011)

Assembling Recidivism: The Promise and Contingencies of Post-Release Life – Mark Halsey, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (2007)

Meaningful Mentoring – Jonathan Aitken, The Centre for Social Justice (Apr 2014)

Assisting and supporting women released from prison: Is mentoring the answer? – Mark Brown & Stuart Ross (Nov 2010)

Women prisoners avoid re-offending with help of mentoring program– ABC News (Mar 2017)

Mentoring Scheme reduces reoffending – Ministry of Justice UK (2013)

Mentoring Ex-Prisoners: A Guide for Prisoner Reentry Programs – U.S. Department of Labor (2007)

Department for Correctional Services – Government of South Australia

SA Prisons – Government of South Australia