Sarah* was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a 12 month sentence for a series of offences, including shoplifting and driving without a licence. She wasn’t the only one who paid for her crimes.
When Sarah was taken into custody her 5-year-old daughter was taken by the Department of Human Services to a relative’s house. Sarah’s two older sons, aged 14 and 19 years at the time of her arrest, remained in the house that she shared with her partner. The boys didn’t feel safe in the house and soon fled.
“Nobody cares what happens to the children you leave behind. My kids borrowed money off people, slept on couches when they could. They had no income, they were starving,” Sarah says in tears.