A social service that helps whānau with parents in prison, says “blankets, not bollards” are the solution to Auckland’s growing youth crime and ramraid problem, Stuff reports. Pillars has five social workers who assist about 200 children nationwide at a time. About 1800 children have a parent in prison. General manager Maxine Gay says the cost of living crisis has already made life worse for family members of people in prison, but the ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric is pushing them further to the margins of society.

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