Sentencing of mothers causing children ‘irreparable harm’, report claims

11 Sep 2019

The welfare of dependent children should be at the forefront of a judge’s mind when sending mothers to prison, according to a new parliamentary committee report.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights report, The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison, says children are suffering “irreparable harm” when their mothers are jailed and the government needs to move swiftly to prevent this.

An estimated 17,000 children each year are being harmed when their mothers are sent to prison, the report says, despite sentencing guidelines advising judges to consider primary caring responsibiliti...

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