The Power of Mothers: Releasing Our Children

Front Cover, Sep 24, 2010 - Juvenile delinquency - 264 pages
Celia Lashlie, justice reform campaigner and bestselling author, brings her powerful insight to the problems of families trapped in a spiral of crime, poverty and abuse. She points to the reasons behind why New Zealand's rates of imprisonment are so disastrously high, what the politicians and social service organisations could do to improve the plight of children in at risk families and why the system should protect be protecting them. Lashlie uses the case studies of Maka Renata and Bailey Junior Kurariki as examples of institutional neglect. She exposes the environment in which they live and the pedestals upon which the media and society place these people, and, and the negative attitudes of many within our bureaucracy work against the efforts of the children's mother to be the best mother she can. The Power of Mothers is a wake-up call to voter and politician, parent and grandparent, social agency and lobby group alike. We must do more than build prisons to hold the children we fail, now.

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Bailey Junior Kurarikiwhere is he now what
Lets do some maths 19 Chapter Two Where does the journey really begin?
And what of the media?
The nonsense of politics
The reality of prison today
The heart of the matter
An exchange of ideas
Beyond the prisons and into
The power brokers
Where to begin

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Cecelia Lashlie was born on June 10, 1953 in New Zealand. She was a prison officer, justice advocate and author. In 1984 Lashlie became a probation officer in the Hutt Valley and later a prison officer at Rimutaka Prison, thus becoming the first woman in that role in a New Zealand men's prison. She later became the manager of Christchurch Women's Prison. Lashlie was appointed as a transition manager for the Nelson Specialized Education Service. While in that position, she gave a speach about a young blond haired boy with an angelic face who is heading to prison. This speech lead to her losing her job but the Minister of Education ordered an inquiry into the matter. Soon therafter Lashlie was asked by the Nelson College headmaster to advise on school discipline in its boarding houses. The work with Nelson College led to the Good Man project where she worked with teenagers in 25 boys' schools in New Zealand. She advised parents on how to raise boys through her book He'll be O.K. Cecelia Lashlie died of pancreatic cancer on February 16, 2014.

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