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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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

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

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(p.94) 16 What the Parenting Program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women Has Meant to Me
Source:
Interrupted Life
Author(s):

Mary Alley

A. D.

C. S.

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0017

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

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