Why is this news?
We're locking more women up in the UK than ever before - and no, it's not because they're committing more serious offences, it's because they're receiving short jail terms for crimes which would previously have attracted fines or community punishments, like fraud (as is alleged here), or are being remanded where they would have been bailed. Guess what? A lot of them have kids too. Who are held in British jails. Don't see any fuss being made over that on the Reg. Try http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Prison-Families-Imprisonment-Criminal/dp/1843922452
Full disclosure: Book is by my my very clever wife.
WTITA? because, well, there isn't much of one...