Mommy and Me in Prison

Keeping children with their mothers in prison until they reach the age of 6

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MX Mexico
Web http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/world/americas/31mexico.html?pagewanted=all
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About the project Edit

Implemented in Mexico City in the early 1990s, this legislation stipulates that if a child is born in a prison in Mexico City, that child will remain with its mother in prison until he or she reaches the age of 6. Children reside with their mothers in a cell and attend school in the prison yard. Field trips are organized to allow the children to see the outside world.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Mexico City is one of the first places to implement the idea. Some prisons in the United States allow children to remain with their mothers until they reach 18 months.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The presence of the children has reduced violence in the prisons though debate is still active about the effect spending one's youngest years in a prison may have later in life.

" The warden, Margarita Malo, said the children had a calming effect on the rest of the inmates. The presence of children also inspires the mothers to learn skills or, in many cases, to kick drug habits that landed them in trouble in the first place. "

The debate is open: what do you think of the value of keeping a child with its mother vs having it grow up in a women's prison?

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Certain prisons in the U.S. allow children to stay with their mothers until the age of 18 months.

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