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Thousands of children are being harmed each year when their mothers are sent to prison, a cross-party group of MPs has said, concerned about the lack of information that judges have to sentence appropriately.

The joint committee on human rights, in a report published yesterday, says judges must make reasonable enquiries to establish whether the defendant is the primary carer of a child. If the defendant is, the judge must wait until a pre-sentence report is available at the sentencing hearing, unless there are exceptional circumstances. The pre-sentence report must contain 'sufficient' information for the judge to be able to assess the impact of sentencing on the child.

Full Story: Law Gazette

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