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Prison Nurseries

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Maggie Carswell

on 13 October 2014

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Prison Nurseries
Maggie Carswell
What is a Prison Nursery?

Secure unit
Inmates are allowed to care for their children
Enriched environment
Accommodated to child's needs
30 days- 30 months
1 in 17 are pregnant
Single parents
Rely on family members
11% use foster care system
Why Prison Nurseries?
Children's Health

Improve overall well-being
increased risk of anxiety and depression
Insecure attachment
Mental health
Criminal activity
Prison Nursery Programs
Assigned a Family Services Counselor
Mother:
Offered educational opportunities
Mental health support groups
Self improvement
Substance abuse recovery
Legal issues
Recreational programs
Family:
Reunification
Parenting issues
Baby TALK
WIC
Decatur, Illinois
Decreased Recidivism
Low likelihood of recidivism
Study:
3 years after release
4% returned to prison for new crimes
Social Worker's Role
Help her set goals
Macro System:
Educator
Broker
Enabler
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