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NCJ Number: 126128 Find in a Library
Title: Children in Prison With Their Mothers
Corporate Author: Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Alliance of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)
New York, NY 10003
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses the data collected from a survey of members of the United Nations on their policies regarding children of women inmates. Its recommendations provide alternatives to forcing children of women inmates to either stay alone outside prison, without their families, or stay with their mothers and grow up in the unnatural environment of the prison.
Abstract: The recommendations, listed in order of decreasing suitability, include alternatives to imprisonment for the mothers including house arrest, community service, and restitution; community-based residences for mothers with children; separate units outside the security of the prison but part of or adjacent to it; placement of children in the prison if no other arrangements can be made for their care in the outside world; and provision of community activities for those children who are in prison with their mothers. The information from some countries (70 responded in all) demonstrated the wide discrepancy between official policy and informal practice regarding this issue. The practices regarding children fall into three broad categories based on the ages of the children (nursing babies, two-three year olds, and school age children). The specific practices of the responding countries are charted. 1 table.
Main Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Prison nurseries
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Country-by-country surveys; International crime statistics; United Nations (UN)
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