“Gaol is my impartja”: Causes and consequences of intergenerational incarceration

Mark Halsey

Flinders University, mark.halsey@flinders.edu.au

This paper outlines the key issues emerging from in-depth interviews with second, third and fourth generation prisoners. Attention is given to how the prison assumes a central place in particular familial lineages and how, more specifically, unresolved trauma and loss impacts the likelihood of offending from one generation to the next. Implications for policy and correctional practice are briefly discussed.


ARC Future Fellow, Flinders University


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