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Friday, September 21, 2012

Mothers & Prison: The alternatives

Mothers & Prison: The alternatives

Would sending a woman to prison for stealing a Marks & Spencer lasagne to feed her son really serve any purpose? A ground-breaking initiative called Inspire may help prevent her from reoffending and put her life back on track

Maria Jackson, a single mother-of-three, stole a lasagne from Marks and Spencer. Her youngest son was having a friend round for tea. That morning she had discovered that her benefits had been stopped. It was a mistake and they were quickly reinstated. But, temporarily without cash, she stole a lasagne – and some olives – so her 13-year-old would not be embarrassed when his friend arrived.

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