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
Maternal impacts
Studies facts
Recent study facts
The facts letter
I can’t begin to put into words how grateful I am for the entire team for giving me a second chance with my baby boy. If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be seeing him again you’ve fought my corner and supported me incredibly throughout the entire process. I know prison isn’t the best place to end up but looking back now I’m so grateful I ended up there because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be where I am now. From myself and speaking on behalf of Leo I am thankful to each and everyone of you for reuniting a Mother and a Son. I will never forget what you’ve done for me. Thank you a million times over you are all angels on earth. I’d also like to add that you’ve completely changed my life. NBR have given me that second chance I desperately needed and I’ll forever be grateful for that.

Mother serving 8 months

[Child age: 4 years]

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.

The opportunity to assist women in prison with the process of reconciling or establishing healthier and stronger relationships with their children and those that care for them has been immensely rewarding. Not only are the benefits for the children involved manifest, but it feels increasingly to me like an important part of the women’s own rehabilitation journey, to know that there are loving and joyful relationships for them both during their time in prison and to anticipate on their release.

Pro Bono Lawyer

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]

At HMP Send we really value our partnership with Not Beyond Redemption. Separation from children can be the hardest part of being in prison for any women. But it is even harder when they face legal battles to see their children in custody or on release. Not Beyond Redemption steps into those most challenging situations, where appropriate, and provides specialist legal advice and representation, helping the women work towards the best outcomes for themselves and their children. Our women are full of praise for the support and expertise that Not Beyond Redemption provides.

Rachel Bell, Deputy Governor at HMP Send

Not Beyond Redemption gave me hope when all hope was lost on my behalf. They have gone above and beyond for me and my son and have successfully provided me with an update on my son’s wellbeing. I will forever be eternally grateful for their services. They were polite, gentle, supportive, and kept me informed every step of the way. They are who they say they are and let you know you are Not beyond redemption. Thank you all so much.

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]

Not Beyond Redemption is a unique and much-needed charity spearheaded by an admirable woman that aims to bring legal assistance to women in prison, to assist them with rebuilding or developing a relationship with their often estranged children. Over 17,000 children are separated from their mothers by imprisonment each year and 72% of women in prison are serving custodial sentences for a non-violent crime. Through the Sidley Pro Bono Fellowship, I was fortunate enough to spend 3 months at Not Beyond Redemption learning about these mothers, meeting them, filing court applications for them and attending hearings with them. My time at NBR was testament to the major difference that can be made to someone’s entire life when just one person decides they’re worthy of help.

Zahira Butt, Volunteer

NBR is an amazing charity, I feel blessed to have them supporting me.

Mother in prison

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]

Look Beyond

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

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