of women in prison are serving custodial sentences for a non-violent crime1
of women are serving a sentence of six months or less. This has a devastating impact on their children and society.2
of children whose mothers go to prison have to leave their family home and their education, family relationships, health, and well-being are impacted.3
prisons in the England are women only
children are separated from their mothers by imprisonment each year
of the total prison population are women
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There are too many women in jail that have little to no contact with their children and we struggle to have someone fighting in our corner.

Mother serving 12 months
[Child age: 5 months]

Eventually I decided to take it back to court, because I’m a mother and want to see my daughter and be a part of her life. This is stressful sometimes and disheartening but you didn’t give up on me which gives me hope.

Mother serving 18 months
[Child age: 7 months]

I knew from the first meeting with you that you were going to fight hard for me. You were so passionate about what I should be getting custody wise. Then I met the others from the team and I did think they won’t be the same – sorry 🙂 But they all were!

Mother serving 24 months
[Child age: 36 months]

I am so impressed with Not Beyond Redemption and I think it is amazing that a charity is picking up those that fall through the gap of not being able to obtain legal aid.

Legal advisor on a recent pro bono hearing.

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1Ministry of Justice, Prison receptions: October to December 2018 Table 2.5b, Offender management statistics quarterly, October to December 2018
2Ministry of Justice, Prison receptions: April to June 2018, Table 2.5b, Offender management statistics quarterly: April to June 2018
3Caddle and Crisp, 1997  4Maternal Sentencing and the Rights of the Child’ (Minson, 2020)
5Minson, 2017  6Dallaire, 2007a 7Dallaire and Wilson, 2010; Cho, 2011; Hagan and Foster, 2012
8Hirschi, 1969; Fox and Benson, 2000; Green and Scholes, 2004
9Cunningham and Baker, 2003; Dallaire, 2007a; Miller, 2014
10Murray and Farrington, 2008  11Caddle and Crisp, 1997; Poehlmann, 2005
12van de Weijer, S.G.A., Smallbone, H.S. & Bouwman, V. J Dev 2018