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Should babies be kept in prison with their incarcerated mothers? A social work response

Author: Modie, T.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Scandinavian-Journal-of-Development-Alternatives
Volume/Pages 16(3-4): 37-55.
Subject Matter Women
Abstract The question of whether babies should be kept in prison with their incarcerated mothers has been a subject of debate among people from various backgrounds. Using theories borrowed from psychology and other social science disciplines, this paper addresses this issue to balance the attachment needs of the child versus the negative consequences of growing up in prison. Suggestions are given that take into consideration the best interest of the child without compromising the security of the state. The purpose of this article is to highlight a number of controversial issues that are centrally associated with keeping babies in prison. The article discusses two contradictory and equally strong perspectives for and against keeping babies in prison, using Botswana as an example.