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What the Parenting Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women Has Meant to Me

Mary Alley, A. D. and C. S.

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0017
What the Parenting Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women Has Meant to Me

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In 1974, the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW) housed about thirty-five women from Nebraska and from South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado, which did not have their own facilities for women. The number of children who are wards of the state due to their mothers' incarceration has since increased, and has tripled over the past ten years. The warden, a visionary, developed a program that allowed children to stay overnight with their mothers. The Parenting Program makes sure that that time was to be exclusively for mother and child. The mother may plan the day around activities such as baking or playing games and may give her child all the hugs and love she can manage. These prison visits are often the first time in a very long time that some mothers have looked at their children through sober eyes. In this chapter, the author reflects on her experience at the NCCW, incarcerated mothers, and their relationship with their children.

Keywords: Nebraska Correctional Center for Women; incarcerated mothers; children; prison visits; Parenting Program; mother and child

Chapter.  1582 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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