Kirsty was in her early thirties. She had been released automatically halfway through a five-year sentence but breached the terms of her licence and had been recalled to prison to serve the rest of that sentence there, along with an additional two-year sentence. She had been in and out of prison for offences related to her heroin addiction for over a decade. She traced the origin of her problems with drugs back to abuse in her teens by a foster parent. Kirsty’s youngest child had been born in prison at the start of her current sentence, and ‘handed out’ to her mother before the end of the full period that the baby could have remained with her.