On Friday 14th June a group of children and young people travelled to Westminster to tell MPs, Peers (members of the House of Lords), policy officials, journalists, prison governors and a handful of academics, what it has been like for them to experience parental imprisonment, and what they think should be done to change that experience for other children. The children are all connected to … Continue reading Listen
When I set out 7 years ago to try to change the way mothers were sentenced, I thought there were two big barriers to achieving change. One was judicial thinking (which I decided to make the focus of my work), and the other was public perception. Our criminal justice system is in desperate need of financial investment and political will to bring real change. Secret … Continue reading Changing the Conversation
(I am posting this as it may be of use to anyone formulating their own response. Some formatting has been lost from the original so please forgive any odd spacing or numbering!) Introduction I am responding to the expanded explanation found in Appendix A, p.26 M14 ‘M14. Sole or primary carer for dependent relatives This factor is particularly relevant where an offender is on the … Continue reading Response to the Sentencing Council consultation on proposals to provide expanded explanations in existing Sentencing Guidelines
The following information and links will assist if you would like to respond to the Sentencing Council’s Consultation on the proposed expanded Guidelines for the mitigating factor ‘sole or primary carer for dependent relatives’, which is of course relevant in cases where the defendant is the mother of dependent children The deadline for responses is the 23rd May 2019 The information about the consultation can … Continue reading Responding to the Sentencing consultation on sole or primary carer mitigation
At the Joint Committee on Human Rights meeting on 13thMarch 2019, Edward Argar MP, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for women in the criminal justice system, and Nadhim Zahawi MP, Under Secretary at the Department of Education, with responsibility for Children and Families, attended. They were present to respond to questions from the Committee in the final oral evidence hearing for … Continue reading Human rights and children of prisoners
Last week the Sentencing Council published for consultation their plans to provide expanded explanations in offence specific guidelines in England and Wales. Lord Justice Holroyde, the Council’s Chair, mentioned it during the oral evidence session of the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into the right to family life for children whose mothers are sentenced to imprisonment, as it includes an expanded explanation of the … Continue reading Do we need another Guideline?
I am disappointed that despite the extensive research evidence available on these issues, the Government still do not have a clear vision and strategy for supporting these children. Continue reading What action is being taken to support the children of prisoners?