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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241702     Find in a Library
  Title: Correctional Administrators’ Perceptions of Prison Nurseries
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  Author(s): Julie Campbell ; Joseph R. Carlson
  Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:8  Dated:August 2012  Pages:1063 to 1074
  Date Published: 08/2012
  Page Count: 12
  Annotation: This study explores perceptions of the prison nursery as a form of correctional programming.
  Abstract: As more pregnant women are incarcerated, States are forced to determine the most cost-efficient methods of addressing childbirth and motherhood in prison. Traditionally, newborn babies are removed from the prison setting, and their mothers, within a few days. Research shows that women who are allowed to keep their babies with them in the correctional setting have reduced recidivism rates. This study explores perceptions of the prison nursery as a form of correctional programming. Correctional administrators from all 8 States currently operating nursery programs were interviewed, as were administrators from 20 States that do not have prison nurseries (N = 28). Findings indicate that barriers to the implementation of prison nursery programs include a lack of knowledge about these programs and the impact they have on recidivism rates, concerns about legislative budgeting given current economic conditions, and for a small number of administrators, the consequences of housing infants within the prison environment. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
  Main Term(s): Prison nurseries
  Index Term(s): Inmate Programs ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Female inmates ; Correctional personnel attitudes ; Correctional education programs
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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