“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglas

Mandi and Gabriel

Mandi and Gabriel (3 days old), 2008 © Cheryl Hanna-Truscott

Cheryl Hanna-Truscott is a registered nurse and midwife who attests to the importance of healthy, timely infant-mother attachment. Equally she recognises that the women in her portraits are the beneficiaries of an unfortunately rare approach to motherhood in US sites of incarceration.

Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery is a portrait series about pregnant inmates who qualify for The Residential Parenting Program, at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW). The program began in 1999 allowing selected pregnant inmates with sentences less than thirty months to maintain custody of their babies after giving birth.

MEET THE MOTHERS AND BABIES

I was reminded of Hanna-Truscott’s work today with its inclusion in 100Eyes newest issue Dependence.

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