Ten reasons why keeping prisoners in touch with their families is so important

Shawn would be the first to acknowledge how important visits have always been to him throughout the years.


The role of the family cannot be underestimated – for most people the family offers a feeling of belonging and provides support, both in practical and emotional ways. More often than not, they are there to offer guidance and provide listening ear when needed. What happens though when those family connections are disrupted and fragmented when someone goes to prison?

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This blog discusses this and highlights how the preservation of family connections offers great benefits for prisoners, families and wider society. It’s an area I have a huge interest in due to being involved in research in this area for a decade.

I’ve never served a custodial sentence or have visited anyone in prison on a social level, but I know from doing research in prisons that receiving visits from family members is massively important for those inside. In short, they keep people going and provide much needed punctuation to the…

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This site is developed and maintained by the friends and family of Shawn Hawkins in order to publicise his case and win his freedom after more than 20 years in prison. He adds to it as often as he has news, roughly monthly.
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