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Call to lock up fewer mothers.

ABOUT 50 babies were spending the Christmas period behind bars in mother and baby units in English and Welsh
As an adjective "English and Welsh" refers to England and Wales.

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 official figures obtained by the Lib-Dems.

The figure comes 18 months after the Government-commissioned Corston Report recommended custody be a last resort for women, particularly those caring for children.

Lib-Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne accused Labour's efforts to "look tough" on crime for a doubling in the number of women in jail over the past decade.

He said fewer women should be locked up, and those who were should be kept in small units close to their homes.

Information provided by justice minister Maria Eagle in response to a Parliamentary question from Mr Huhne showed that there were 50 children aged under two in mother and baby units on November 30 - the last date for which figures were available.

The prison system in England and Wales England and Wales are both constituent countries of the United Kingdom, that together share a single legal system: English law. Legislatively, England and Wales are treated as a single unit (see State (law)) for the conflict of laws.  has places for 75 mothers with babies, including Styal in Cheshire, which takes them up to 18 months of age, or on occasions two years.


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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2008
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