Welfare of prisoners' children addressed in report - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 20, 2012
I saw this on the Irish Times website and was taken aback by the report which started.
The best interests of the child should be a key consideration when sending a parent to prison, a new report by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has found.
I just wonder at the message it is giving. Are rights now more important than responsabilities? Can people commit crime and then say because they have children they should not be sent to jail?
Don't get me wrong I believe we should try to help the families of prisoners and where possible put mechanisms in place to help maintain contact etc. However if someone commits a crime they should do the time. They make the decision to engage in illegal activity so they need to face up to the consequences.