Amy Winehouse's Mother-In-Law Opens Up About Jailed Son

10/13/2008 at 06:00 PM EDT

Amy Winehouse's Mother-In-Law Opens Up About Jailed Son
Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil
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Amy Winehouse's jailed husband Blake Fielder-Civil needs to be at home with his mother and not in a rehab center, his mother tells PEOPLE.

"I don't think rehab is the answer," Georgette Civil tells PEOPLE of her son, currently serving a jail sentence for assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

What is the answer? "Coming home to us," Civil says.

Fielder-Civil, 26, has been in jail since November 2007, and media reports said his application for early release this Christmas has been denied.

"We don't know when he will be released," Civil says. "I can't really say because I don't want to jeopardize our efforts."

Civil says she speaks to her son "sometimes every day" – but never to Winehouse, 25.

"I don't speak to Amy. I focus all my efforts on my son and getting him out," she says. Her last conversation with Winehouse was "about four or five months ago," she says. "I probably spoke with her one more time after court [Fielder-Civil's trial in June]."

Adds Civil: "I feel all the media attention on Amy has probably had an impact on my son's release. That's probably the hardest part of all. As a mother, what would any mother think when she sees Amy? It has had a huge impact."

As for how her son is coping with jail, she says, "He's doing very well. He's doing very, very well. He's helping other inmates – helping them with numeracy and literacy."

He's also been reading. "He sends us a list of books that he wants, and his dad buys them and sends them to him," she says. "He just sent him about another eight books two weeks ago."

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