This new book focuses on children with incarcerated mothers, a growing and vulnerable population. It presents five studies, along with an introduction and summary. The five studies examine new data on:
- The benefits of a prison doula program for mothers and newborns in contrast to what usually happens for pregnant women who give birth during incarceration.
- How children cope with separation from their mothers because of incarceration and how that separation continues to affect children’s lives following family reunification.
- Differences in recidivism between mothers and nonmothers during the 10 years following release.
- Alternatives to incarceration for women in residential drug treatment and how community supervision mandates can affect, contribute to, or extend mother-child separation.
The final chapter integrates information from the studies and summarizes implications for policy and practice.