Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Child Visitation with Mothers in Prison

"The Tennessee Prison for Women has long recognized the need for mothers and their children to bond while the children are young. Each week, the prison sponsors a weekend visitation program that allows children between the ages of three months and five years (up to their 6th birthday) to spend a weekend with his/her inmate mother/grandmother. Through recent renovations, the Tennessee Prison for Women has established separate quarters away from the general inmate population for the child visitation program.  Through the efforts of this program, infant and toddler children of qualifying inmates may be given the opportunity to bond with their incarcerated mothers during approved hours on the weekends.

An approved child visitation will allow only one child per visit, however a total of sixteen children may stay with their mothers in single cell units in the new visitation space dedicated for the program.  The child and mother eat their meals in a more relaxed family setting within the unit.  There is also space dedicated for activities designed to foster child development.  Future plans include an outdoor recreation area that will have playground equipment and picnic tables." Tennessee.Gov, Department of Correction Link to Article (last visited 8-23-06 NVS)

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