Should children be allowed to visit their parents in prison?
I want to ask you this because there is a story on the paper of prisoner Brian Meehan being refused temporary release to attend a family member’s confirmation.
Meehan is serving a life sentence for the murder of Veronica Guerin and he was sure he would be able to attend.
Now I don’t want to talk about temporary release but I do want to talk about children being allowed to visit relatives who are serving sentences in prison.
Many children have parents, aunts, uncles or cousins serving sentences in prisons around the country.
Should the children be allowed to visit them in prison? Or are they better off not seeing them?
I had a look online and there are mixed reviews to this – some people believe it is good for the children to maintain a relationship with a family member, mainly a parent.
However, others believe that the prison environment of going through locked gates and doors is not something a child should go through.
It is a tough situation and I want to get your opinion on it.
Have a listen to this testimonial online from someone who did visit a parent in prison:
It said: I spent a lot of time visiting my bio father in prison. I spent my 5th birthday there. I wasn’t traumatized by it. I played cards and dominos with my dad and his friends. I played with the other kids that were there visiting. If I was in jail I would want to see my child. People make mistakes and they have to explain those mistakes.
What do you think of this person’s view on it – is it a case of people making a mistake and they should be allowed to see their child?
Or do you think once a person commits a crime they lose any right to be a parent.
It’s definitely not a role model situation to be in. Some people believe it could send a bad message to a child that prison is ok because mammy or daddy is in there.
Or maybe you think that’s an overreaction.
Should a child ever visit a parent in prison?