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Pregnancy in Prisons: Are the Kids Going to Be Okay?

  With many mothers incarcerated, what happens to their children? What happens to the babies after birth? How are the children impacted in the long run? According to experts, of the 112,000 women in federal and state prisons in the United States, 1 in 25 are pregnant. It is no secret that the United States has Read More…

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Raising Babies Behind Bars: A Closer Look at Prison Nursery Program in Illinois

Nationwide, prison nursery programs remain scarce in the US. But 11 states have opened these facilities among the dramatic growth in the number of women in prisons.  A daring experiment in parenting and punishment continues to set off a fierce debate across the nation when it comes to babies in prisons. What Are Prison Nursery Read More…

A group of mothers in prison with their infant children.
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Babies Behind Bars: The Positive Results of Prison Nurseries

Due to prison populations of women increasing, programs are starting to be created for mothers and their babies. Prisons with nurseries are one solution. Raising a child is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things a person can experience. It becomes even more of a challenge doing it alone…while in prison. That is exactly Read More…

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Bambinisenzasbarre: Inmates Get Opportunity to Play Soccer with Their Kids in Prison

Since 2015, the nonprofit organization BambiniSenzasBarre has been organizing soccer matches in several Italian prisons, once a year. BambiniSenzasBarre, which translates to children without bars, has been organizing matches nicknamed La Partita con Papà, meaning The Game with Dad. Activities Undertaken Under Bambinisenzasbarre Program During these events, children of incarcerated parents are given a chance Read More…

Offender Monnek Hall, left, spends time with her daughter Ayona Hall, age 13..
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Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: Prison Daughters Get Special Visits with Their Incarcerated Moms

There’s a lot of conversation surrounding the effect of incarceration of parents on their kids. As is the same with many social issues, it almost never goes beyond the lip service. However, the Girl Scout has taken the responsibility to act with programs like Girl Scout Beyond Bars. The initiative is targeted at bringing closure Read More…

Hiland Mountain Correctional Center inmate Marchela Fast holds her daughter Alaziah Fast-Detroy before Fast performs her lullaby at the prison in Eagle River on Saturday. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)
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Alaska Program Uses Music to Help Mothers Behind Bars Stay Connected with Their Prison Kids

One Alaska program is helping incarcerated mothers stay connected with their children even while behind bars. It encourages better parenting through music. At the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, the prison hosted it’s 2nd annual Project Lullaby Concert. It’s a program that encourages moms in prisons to be good, loving mothers to their children with the Read More…

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Program Helps Women Prisoners Stay Connected to Prison Kids & Families

Mother’s Day is one of the most challenging days for women prisoners at Grand Valley Institution. Many of the up to 215 inmates are also mothers missing their kids. More than 75% of those incarcerated in the facility are mothers. And more than 50% of were the primary supporters and caregivers to their children upon Read More…

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The Toll Parents Behind Bars Has on Nebraska’s Prison Kids

Children of imprisoned mothers and fathers are often described as the forgotten victims of incarceration. When a parent goes to jail, children are affected, usually in negative ways. However, these effects are rarely considered in criminal justice processes, during which – instead – attention is focused on determining the guilt or innocence of a person Read More…

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Mothers in Prisons: The Forgotten Victims of Their Crimes Struggle the Most

When it comes to women and their children, the bond is something that seems unbreakable, until prison walls come between what should always be a solid connection. And, that’s why these prison kids are known as the Forgotten Victims of Crime. Incarcerated Mom Doesn’t Always Equal Bad Mom Sometimes, good moms find themselves in situations Read More…

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One Reporter Notes: Children of Inmates Suffer More than Their Parents

We always try to cherish and protect women and children – until the women are in prison, then this isn’t the case. It’s important to note that Diane Dimond isn’t soft on women that have committed crimes, but she says that there is a serious issue with “generational incarceration.” As a society, she says, we Read More…