Hastings Women’s Law Journal


Jennifer Warner


Prison nurseries are used throughout the world as a way to strengthen the initial mother-child bond and ensure that mothers are given a chance to raise their children, even if it's behind bars. Ms. Warner outlines the differences between prison nurseries in countries like Germany, Colombia, and Kenya, and reveals that the United States is vastly different from the rest. While most countries offer prison nurseries, only nine states within the United States utilize a prison nursery, which means the majority of United States jails and prisons routinely separate newborns from their incarcerated mothers. Ms. Warner urges her readers and policymakers to look at the benefits yielded by prison nurseries in other countries and provide incarcerated mothers the option of raising their child in a prison nursery.