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Image caption Katie reads a letter she sent aged 11 to her mother in prison. About 17,000 children are separated from their mothers every year by the prison system in England and Wales, which has one of the highest rates of female incarceration in western Europe. Now some MPs say the courts may be denying the human rights of these children. Katie was 11 when her mother was sent to prison, and she never even got the chance to say goodbye. "I felt like I had been punished when my mum was sent to prison. I wasn't able to talk to her and I hadn't done anything wrong.". Her mother, Anna, had no time to make childcare arrangements before spending four months in prison for fraud offences. In 95% o... Full story

17 June