“We cannot punish children for their parents’ mistakes”

Published: December 7, 2021
Bishop RachelBishop Rachel Treweek, Lord Falconer, Baroness Hussien-Ece, as published in The Times Red Box on Tuesday 7 December 2021

“My son lost his love for life and has attempted suicide twice as a result of me being in here. My daughter had to leave school to care for her brother. My children were left to starve due to lack of financial help because the benefits stopped.” This was the effect of prison on one mother and her children, told to the charity Prison Reform Trust. But sadly, her story is one that will be familiar to thousands…

 

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