A prison may not seem like the best place to raise infants. But researchers are finding that it’s better than the alternative. Joseph Carlson, a criminal-justice professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney who recently completed a 10-year study, says he thought such programs were “strange” when he began his research. Now he thinks they’re “a win-win situation” for mothers and babies—and reduce crime by helping inmates to reform. Carlson also believes such programs can help “stop the generational cycle” in which children of inmates become criminals themselves.1
1. Smalley, Suzanne, “Should Female Inmates Raise Their Babies in Prison?” Newsweek, May 14, 2009, web exclusive. http://www.newsweek.com/id/197275 (accessed August 17, 2009).