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Old 05-16-2018, 11:26 AM
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Default Raising babies behind bars A bold experiment in parenting and punishment

Raising babies behind bars
A bold experiment in parenting and punishment is allowing children in prison. But is that a good thing?

"Destiny Doud thought she had just 48 hours to be a mother.

Like most of the hundreds of pregnant women who give birth while serving time each year, Doud was slated to give up her newborn to a relative just days after the baby was born last May.

Doud recalled hugging Jaelynn close at the hospital, waving off nurses’ offers to take the girl to the nursery. She wanted every minute to hold her daughter ahead of that wrenching separation.

But just before handing off the baby to her own father, Doud learned she had qualified for a radical alternative. She could raise Jaelynn behind bars.

On June 2, 2017, Doud cradled her newborn as she passed through a chain-link fence topped with razor wire, through heavy steel doors to a cell outfitted with a crib. A sign on the door reads: “Doud: Y21214 Baby: Jaelynn.”

The Decatur Correctional Center is the only home the girl with wispy blond hair and ice-blue eyes has known in her 11 months."

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Here's some more information about programs like that nationwide.


Benefits aren’t limited to being present for a baby’s first milestones. In 2002, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision released a three-year study tracking recidivism rates for women who had been in the nursery and women who had not. The rate of recidivism was 13 percent for mothers who had been in the nursery (which, at the time, included women convicted of violent crimes like manslaughter, robbery, and assault) compared to 26 percent for women in the general population. A 1999 study of the Nebraska nursery by Joseph Carlson, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska, found a recidivism rate of 16.8 percent of mothers in the nursery compared to 50 percent for women not in the program. Other research has suggested that maternal mental health improves and chances of substance-abuse relapses decrease when a mother is allowed to stay with her newborn in the nursery.
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