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Prison Nursery 2000: A Five-Year Review of the Prison Nursery at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women

NCJ Number
193204
Journal
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 33 Issue: 3 Dated: 2001 Pages: 75-97
Author(s)
Joseph R. Carlson
Date Published
2001
Length
23 pages
Annotation
This paper describes the development and operation of a prison nursery established in November 1994 for women inmates at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women.
Abstract
The program is one of two State-sponsored live-in nursery programs in the United States. The Nebraska facility is the only women’s prison in the State and houses inmates at the minimum, medium, and maximum custody. The program uses the model of New York’s programs at Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities. Costs in addition to regular rooms and operating expenses included remodeling to accommodate mothers and children, nursery supplies, training, a program coordinator, a unit caseworker, and a security corporal. The Nebraska program has served 44 women from November 1994 until November 1999. Inmates, visitors, and the media have responded positively to the program. Program data reveal a reduction in misconduct reports among participating inmates, as well as decreased recidivism among those completing the program. Other have included mother-child bonding, teaching of correct parenting skills, prenatal and health care for mothers and infants, and reduced use and costs of foster care. Tables and 21 references