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This report provides information on select international and regional measures and the laws of 97 jurisdictions from around the world that relate to allowing children to reside in prison with an incarcerated parent. Most of the countries surveyed impose specific age limits for a child’s admission into and length of stay in prison. Additionally, most of jurisdictions surveyed require that prisons that admit children meet certain standards.

A bibliography is included.

Full Report (PDF, 767KB)

Part I. Introduction

Part II. Regional and International Policy

Part III. Country Surveys

Part IV. Bibliography


Global Legal Research Directorate Staff
July 2014

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Last Updated: 07/24/2020