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Title Babies Behind Bars / Director: Richardson, Amanda
Published Australia : ABC2, 2011
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Summary Powerful and emotional stories of pregnant inmates in a maximum security prison in Indiana, USA, where a programme is being trialled for them to keep their babies while serving their time.There are strict conditions to securing a place in the prison 'baby dorm' and many of the pregnant inmates don't qualify. This film features the tearful interviews of those who are vying for a place on the 'baby dorm', the heartache of those excluded as well as the harsh realities of giving birth while a prisoner.The women are serving sentences for serious crimes, from drug dealing to assault and murder. The programme was introduced against a wave of resistance from the local community who believe the inmates are undergoing punishment and so should not be given such privileges. But authorities and social workers who fought for it claim the bonding with their babies makes the women better mothers and better citizens. They say it is also decreasing the likelihood they will re-offend or their children will take up criminal activity.With the 400 per cent increase in women in prison in the US over the past 30 years, and many hundreds of them pregnant when sentenced, it is an issue requiring attention.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Filmed and directed by Amanda Richardson for Firecracker Films
Event Broadcast 2011-04-20 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Children of women prisoners.
Drug abuse and crime.
Female offenders -- Psychology.
Maternal deprivation.
Mother and child -- Psychological aspects.
United States.
Form Streaming video
Author Brush, Bobbi, contributor
Bullock, Mary, contributor
Camp, Patty, contributor
Carey, Rebecca, contributor
Connell, Kelly, contributor
Ellsworth, Shauna, contributor
Finn, Jura, contributor
Garrison, Doug, contributor
Hernandez, Balbina, contributor
Huff, Tammy, contributor
Jones, Donna, contributor
Laster, Heather, contributor
Martin, Kim, contributor
Price, Vivian, contributor
Richardson, Amanda, director
Rumble, Patricia, contributor
Stewart, Tina, cast
Tanner, Richard, contributor
Thacker, Lois, contributor
Woodberry, Ieshia, contributor