The Collateral Effects of Imprisonment on Prisoners, Their Families, and Communities

Alec Ewald, Christopher Uggen

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This article studies "invisible punishment" or the "collateral" consequences that follow convictions. It notes that these collateral consequences are sometimes caused by charges or arrests that do not result in conviction. It first studies the relevant legal consequences of being involved with the criminal justice system. It then tests the impact of incarceration and criminal-justice contact on the convicted person. The next section describes the research on how certain communities-and even democracy itself-are influenced by mass incarceration. This article ends with a study of a number of promising reform proposals on invisible punishment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199968756
ISBN (Print)9780199730148
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Collateral consequences
  • Convictions
  • Criminal-justice contact
  • Incarceration
  • Invisible punishment
  • Legal consequences
  • Reform proposals


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