The Washington Post Sunday

Separation isn’t the answer


The Dec. 3 Politics & the Nation article “Sentenced to a life without their children” quoted Elizabeth Bartholet, a professor at Harvard Law School, as saying, “You never know if they’ll just go right back to a life of crime,” in justifying the permanent separation of children from parents who have been released from prison, even in the absence of child abuse or endangerme­nt. I hope this was taken out of context. One can never know if anyone will commit a crime. Should we preemptive­ly take all children away from their parents?

Julie A. McLaughlin, Alexandria

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