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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jailed Moms Earn Time With Kids

Lori Martin helps her daughter crush Oreo cookies in a plastic container, then pops open a can of Cream Soda.
"Are you going to put it in there?" Joscelyn Martin, 6, asks her mom incredulously.
"Yeah," Martin answers. "It's how you make cake."
At first glance, it seems like a pretty normal interaction. But, in reality, it's a unique bonding moment for the mother who is serving 26 years in prison and the daughter who flies from Oregon every three months to see her.
Inside the walls of the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, children like Joscelyn make overnight visits to their mothers, playing "hot potato" with stuffed blocks, making "cake" from ingredients available in the prison commissary and reading bedtime stories.
"It's the routine stuff I don't normally get to do," says Martin, 34. "It makes me feel a part of it."
As the population of female inmates in the nation's prisons skyrockets, the children left behind are starting to play a more pivotal role in rehabilitation and re-entry programs at prisons across the country.
The Denver Post

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the dad's? Are they not just as important in a childs life? Where are the programs for them?

Anonymous said...

pretty sick stuff. What is the whole story? Why is the mother in Jail??? Tell the whole truth. djw

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