Mothers in prison: How does a mother end up in prison?

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When we speak of prisoners, we tend to think of dangerous, violent men incarcerated for heinous crimes; however, women, of course, also commit crimes and end up behind bars.

Many of these women are mothers, with South African statistics indicating that 75% of female prisoners have children who live outside prison. 

NICRO's Operations Manager Betzi Pierce tells Parent24 that pregnant women and mothers, like many offenders found guilty in a court of law, are sentenced for any variety of criminal transgressions.

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