Here we go again. Judge Bernadette Baxter said:
You have umpteen previous convictions but I’m not going to send you to prison as I think this will encourage your little boy to get involved with the kind of life you have lived. [J4MB emphasis. The boy is three. He should be with foster parents, while his mother serves a long prison sentence.] We need to prevent you from going to leisure centres, breaking into the lockers and stealing other people’s stuff, causing them distress and upset so you must get involved in a drug rehabilitation programme.
What an absurd pretext for keeping a woman out of prison. No man would ever receive such lenient treatment after 218 convictions. Why is the court system wasting time and resources prosecuting women? Why not just tell women the truth, that they won’t be held accountable for their crimes?