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Prison Dads

Filmed over six months in Britain’s biggest Young Offenders Institution, Prison Dads follows fathers on the inside and their partners on the outside, struggling to keep together their fledgling families. Glen Parva in Leicester houses up to 808 prisoners aged 18-21 years-old. These young men are 5 times more likely to be dads than others their age.

From hearing their baby being born on the other end of the phone to meeting their son for the first time in the visit hall, the film explores the experiences of prisoners grappling with the demands of being dad behind bars. We also meet the mums who are left home alone to fend for themselves with a newborn baby or demanding toddler. Some choose to bring their child into prison to visit where they must face searches and sniffer dogs, while others decide to shield them from this experience by telling them Daddy is on a ‘naughty holiday’. For all of them, the impact of prison life on parenthood is profound.

With privileged access, and intimate stories as these young men open up about their experiences, Prison Dads is a moving film charting the successes and failures of young parents, coming to terms with bringing up their babies in extremely challenging circumstances.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 14 Apr 2013 02:05

Baby Britain Season

Baby Britain Season

Prison Dads is part of a special season of BBC Three programmes exploring what it means to be a young parent in Britain today, and how having a baby changes your life.


Role Contributor
DirectorRuth Kelly
ProducerRuth Kelly
Executive ProducerMorgan Matthews
Executive ProducerDominique Walker