The mainstream media recently sensationalized a story about a mother who won the right to be able to have her baby with her inside a federal prison (the Fraser Valley Institution in Abbotsford, BC) as part of the Correctional Service of Canada's Mother-Child Program.
To find out about the reality of life for mothers and babies behind bars, Stark Raven spoke with two women who recently lived on the Mother and Baby Unit at the Alouette Correctional Centre For Women (provincial prison) in Maple Ridge, BC.
Jen gave birth to her baby while in prison. Kelly lived on the mother and baby unit and provided support to the mothers. They are both now on the outside and are working with the ACCW Women in Health Research Project. [Hear another Stark Raven interview about the ACCW Women in Health Research Project.]