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5:04 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Women’s prison seeks funding for nursery

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The women’s prison in Lusk is hoping to make it easier for incarcerated mothers to stay connected with their children. The vast majority of inmates there have kids – or give birth while they’re serving their sentences. Now, the prison wants to open a nursery, so inmates who give birth in prison up can keep their babies with them for up to 18 months. The nursery would also enable older children to have overnight visits with their mothers. Ten other states already have similar programs … and Prison Warden Phil Myer tells Willow Belden that, based on what’s happening in those places, a nursery here would benefit inmates, their children and society as a whole.