Who Is A Mother Incarcerated? Essay

1383 Words Nov 15th, 2015 null Page
It is known that a child who has a mother incarcerated can leave detrimental effects on them. Most prisons do not allow the time a mother needs with their child to make a strong and intimate bond. Women’s prisons make telephone calls extremely expensive so even if a mother wanted to contact her children she may not be able to afford to do so. These children feel lost without their mothers and sometimes it’s far too late for a mother to come back into their lives after years in prison. Kids left behind sets them up for failure in the long-run due to them not having a mother to teach them right from wrong. These innocent children should not be the ones being punished for their mother’s mistake. Having a strong family connection is extremely important and should not be lost during the mother’s sentence. Children of incarcerated women should be given access to services such as allowing to see their mothers at any given time, and mothers being allowed to raise their infants in prison for up to a certain time. In the article entitled, Maternal Incarceration and Children 's Adolescent Outcomes conducts a study using 9,563 children between that ages of five and seventeen, showing how they are affected by their mother being incarcerated. With the number of female incarcerations rising rapidly means the number of children being left without mothers for a period of time is increasing as well. The author states, “Children in their infancy are less likely than older children to…

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