Camborne mum calls for daughter - serving time in Holloway Prison - to be moved closer to home
A grandmother, whose daughter was sentenced to five years for attacking a teenager, is pleading for her to be transferred to a prison closer to home so that she can see her children.
Her plea comes just weeks after Lord McNally, the Justice Minister, said he wanted to end female re-offending and keep female prisoners closer to their homes and children.
Roselyn Stevenson, from Carharrack, is caring for her daughter’s twin boys, who were born in Eastwood Park women’s prison in Gloucester last year, and their older sister.
Her daughter, Kirsty Stevenson, 24, formerly of Roskear Road, Camborne, was the pregnant accomplice of Layla Ridgement, 23, from St Austell.
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The pair were jailed for five years for a sickening assault on a 17-year-old victim with autism, holding her captive in a room before she was beaten, robbed and stripped of her clothes.
Mrs Stevenson said her daughter was serving her time and had completed anger management and health and safety courses as well as working in the prison church.
She said the mother of three was devastated when she was moved from Gloucester to Holloway Prison in London, making it impossible for her to see her children.
Mrs Stevenson, who has contacted Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice, said: “I was going to Gloucester twice a month, but when I got the boys I visited once a month, as directed by the prison officials, so that the children could keep access with their mum.
“She phoned last week to say that she was being transferred to London, along with 16 other inmates. They said that she would remain in Gloucester so that she could see her children, now it will be impossible to travel to London, her children won’t see her until she comes out next year.”
She contacted her MP saying that her grandchildren, aged 2 and 15 months, had rights and would suffer as a result of not having any contact with their mother.
George Eustice said he was looking into the case but could not comment further until he had been advised on Stevenson’s legal situation.
In a statement to the West Briton the Prison Service said it could not comment on individual cases, but said prisoners were held in establishments most suited to their individual needs and level of risk.
It added: “They are encouraged to maintain contact with their families through phone calls and letters, and families of prisoners can apply for help with the cost of visiting their relative.
“We recently announced that we will roll-out a new network of 82 resettlement prisons, so nearly all offenders will be held and released into the area in which they will live and be supervised.”
Mrs Stevenson said her daughter is appealing in the hope of returning to Gloucester, the closest female prison to Cornwall.