In Ohio, Inmate Mothers Care For Babies In Prison
Although this can be a common practice in other countries, in the States, it is less common for mothers to raise children when they are behind bars themselves.
In Ohio, at the Reformatory for Women, about 12 babies are currently growing up in a cell as their mothers are all serving time for committing a crime.
The program is one of many across the country designed to meet the unique needs of mothers who are locked up. Women are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. prison population. At the Ohio Reformatory, the warden estimates that 75 percent of the 2,300 inmates housed there are mothers.
Only a handful of U.S. prisons offer an in-house nursery program like the one at the quickly expanding Ohio complex, located about 30 miles from Columbus. Only nonviolent offenders who arrive at the prison pregnant or with infants and are serving relatively short sentences can qualify.
The mothers sleep in a different area of the prison and the babies sleep in identical cribs with their mothers in the cell, and the mothers and babies have nursery time together.
Some reports have shown that this makes mothers less likely to reoffend, but no program has been running long enough to draw those kinds of conclusions.
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