Mothers in prison: For babies, prison can prove fatal

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Living conditions in prison are often far from ideal.
Living conditions in prison are often far from ideal.

Children need to develop a strong emotional attachment with their primary caregivers, specifically their mothers, within a caring, nurturing and stimulating environment to ensure optimal development.

Any separation from their mother is potentially damaging to a child.

However, Betzi Pierce, operations manager at Nicro, says one needs to consider this question within the broader framework of maternal incarceration.

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