Enter Casuarina maximum security - the toughest jail in Western Australia and the scene of one of the bloodiest prison riots in Australia's history. With capacity at an all-time high, the cell blocks are overflowing; Casuarina is designed for 400 inmates, it currently houses over 600 serial killers, sex offenders and terrorists. This GÇÿsupermaxGÇÖ doesnGÇÖt just house worst criminals in WA, they're among the worst in the country. Bonus feature: PRISON GIRLS Around the world, women are being locked up in record numbers-and most women in prison are mothers. Mothers are often the primary or sole caregivers to their children, and their leaving can destroy a family. Children without a parent are often sent to live with relatives, though plenty find no love there. For those without family to fall back on, children become wards of the state or are placed in foster care where neglect and abuse are always a danger. Add to displacement the fact that children with parents in prison run a higher risk of poor school performance and a host of psychological problems, from shame and anger to depression and abandonment issues. We'll set out to find out what life is like for the daughters of women behind bars and how "the system" helps-or hinders-them. In the process, we'll explore daring new programs that are attempting to break the cycle of imprisonment from mother to daughter.
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