We need a 'beyond bars' approach to jailing women

A cell at Bronzefield women's prison, Middlesex. 
Every year, 18,000 children see their mothers go to prison. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
  

 When women with children are sent to prison, who is being punished?

I will never forget the first time I visited a women's prison. I was 23 and had been working as a volunteer researcher. Tasked to ascertain women's concerns about their release and resettlement, I couldn't wait to hear directly from those women I had been seeking to represent.....Read more

By Carlene Firmin, Guardian.co.uk