PRISON IS no place to raise a baby. Or is it?
Prisons are punitive, inhospitable by design. So, not surprisingly,
the fact that some prisons house infant babies is shocking to most
While prison nurseries have existed in this country for a
century--the first was established in 1901 at Bedford Hill Correctional
Facility north of New York City--there is renewed interest in expanding
these programs today.
There are currently prison nurseries in 10 states--California,
Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, New York, South Dakota, Washington,
West Virginia and Wyoming. And state Rep. DebraLee Hovey recently
introduced a bill to establish a prison nursery in Connecticut.