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25 April 2008


Children of imprisoned mothers: the global situation - preview

Oliver Robertson, of West Scotland Area Meeting, explains how different countries deal with babies and children living in prison with their mothers

When you think of the kind of people who end up in prison, babies may not spring to mind
  • But they are there, in jails across the world, living with their imprisoned mothers

  • The decision about whether to allow children to live in prison involves two generally unpalatable options: you don't want to split up families, but you don't want kids growing up in jail
  • Aware of this, most countries do allow children to live in prison in limited circumstances, though a few, such as Norway, ban it, on the grounds that prison is no place for a child

  • Oliver Robertson

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