Nearly 2 million children are in families with a parent behind bars in the United States. Some of these children are allowed to be with their incarcerated mothers, and in 2016, between 6,400 and 10,600 incarcerated women were pregnant at intake, according to research reported by Naomi Schaefer Riley in National Affairs. While some argue that keeping infants behind bars is detrimental due to a lack of consistency or traditional childhood experiences, others believe that the bond shared with the mother in those months is important for development.
“Some of these kids don’t go outside more than once in the first two years of their lives,” said Schaefer Riley, senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute. Riley continued, “They have never experienced what it is like to be outside in nature, on a swing or in a playground.”
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