Mass Imprisonment and Its Consequences

Holly Foster*, John L Hagan

*Corresponding author for this work

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A social exclusion framework is used to provide a synopsis of literature around the collateral consequences of mass imprisonment for individuals and adult family members. Connections between imprisonment and life course consequences of economic attainments, homelessness, mental health, social disability functioning, subjective status, and political involvement are reviewed. A recent work on mediating mechanisms is identified. Effects on spouses and caregivers are further reviewed in terms of maternal well-being and financial supports. Suggestions for future research on other aspects of spillover effects and mediating mechanisms are made, along with the need for research on the collateral consequences of women's imprisonment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Collateral consequences
  • Economic outcomes
  • Family consequences
  • Future research
  • Health and well-being
  • Individual consequences
  • Life course
  • Mass imprisonment
  • Social exclusion
  • Spillover effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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