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Visiting Prisoners - What is CASP?

CASP was founded in 1995 by residents and development workers in North Clondalkin in Dublin, Ireland.
The project is a response to the use of opiates by increasing numbers of people in the area.

Address:
Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme,
Ballyowen Meadows,
Fonthill Road,
Clondalkin,
Dublin 22.
T: 01-6166750. E: casp@iol.ie W: www.casp.ie

     

Visiting Prison: What to expect on your first visit.

You've got someone in prison in Ireland.... You're visiting for the first time - what should you expect? How many children can you bring? Could you be strip-searched?

For more in-depth advice from Sharon particularly for Community Development workers dealing with families of prisoners - visit: www.changingireland.ie/resources.html

     

Parent in Prison: do you tell the kids?

If you’ve got someone in prison – Should you tell your child? It’s tempting to tell your child that he/she’s in hospital or gone on holidays, but there are some downsides?

     

Relative in prison: How adults and children react differently

First-time prisoners can have it hard and it’s important for families to stay in contact. Children of prisoners react in different ways. It is important to listen to them.
Sharon Harty from CASP in Dublin offers advice to people who have someone in prison for the first time.

     

Parent in Prison - what if a child doesn't want to visit?

Your partner’s in prison .What to do if your teenage son or daughter doesn’t want to visit?

     

How do you prepare a child for their first visit?

How do you prepare a child for their first visit? Should you maybe give the child some time alone with the prisoner?
Sharon Harty from CASP in Dublin offers advice to people who have someone in prison for the first time.
The most recent figures show that 11,934 people were committed to prison in the Republic of Ireland in 2007.
     

Parent in Prison: And you feel like spoiling the kids.

Say your partners in prison .... You feel like spoiling your kids to compensate, but does it help?

     

Parent in Prison: Who can bring the kids if you can't?

Your partners in prison .... What to do if your teenage son or daughter doesnt want to visit.
Sharon Harty from CASP in Dublin offers advice to people who have someone in prison for the first time.
     

Visiting a prisoner: What if you're asked to smuggle drugs?

If you've got someone in prison... Its fine if they want sweets and a newspaper... But what if they want you to smuggle in drugs on visits? You can say no with a good excuse, if the prison uses a sniffer-dog for instance.
     

Visiting a Prisoner: Should you tell them bad news?

If you’ve got someone in prison – Should you tell the prisoner everything that’s going on at home, or should you shelter them from bad news?

     

Visiting a Prisoner: What if they're suicidal?

Your partners in prison .... You're on the outside, they're on the inside, so what should you do if theyre suicidal? Sharon Harty from CASP in Dublin offers advice to people who have someone in prison for the first time.