Saturday, June 14, 2014

"The Sister of Second Chances" By John Leland/New York Times

Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

"Sister Teresa Fitzgerald, right, the founder of Hour Children. From top to bottom on the left, baby supplies are dropped off for inmate mothers at Bedford Hills prison; Carol Taylor, who spent 35 years in prison and is now known as the “designated grandma,” with Cecil Jackson (in her arms) and Darjay Williams, both 2; Hour Children’s day care center..." ..."Nationally, just over 100,000 women serve time in state or federal prison in a given year — six times as many women as in 1980 — and most have children under 18, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. Nearly 150,000 children have a mother in prison. In New York, 2,420 women are currently in state prisons. But in the debates about how to reform the penal system, nearly all of the focus has been on men, who make up more than 90 percent of all prisoners...."

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