Episode 192 - Dr. Caroline Long Burry: "No One Asked About My Children": Voices of Incarcerated Mothers

Monday, May 23, 2016, 9:42:09 AM

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A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that from 1991 to 2007 the number of incarcerated mothers increased by a startling one hundred and thirty-one percent. In this podcast, Dr. Caroline Long Burry discusses a pilot study she conducted with these parents with the hope of better understanding their parenting experiences. Also explored are the mothers' attempts to negotiate the criminal justice system while in their role as parents.

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Average Rating: 5stars  correctional system , Sunday, February 12, 2017

By Amanda B. :

I would highly recommend this podcast to fellow colleagues who are currently employed in the Criminal Justice System. As an intern in a Correctional Facility that works with the female population the podcast allowed me to develop connections of what is currently happening in my facility and about results of the study.
Dr. Caroline Long Burry was able to replicate quantitative study from an Australia Prison and use it in a Maryland Detention Center specializing with women who were serving 6 months in the facility. The study focused on how to plan for child care while incarcerated and how the mothers made contact with their children during their incarceration. Roughly, 2.5 million children have a parent that is incarcerated. One of the major issues that is raised throughout the podcast is the belief that the Criminal Justice System does not attend to the needs of children who have a parent who is incarcerated and the opportunity for more contact during their stay to make that connection with their children.
Out of the five women who were surveyed in the small pilot study, 3 out of 5 were arrested in front of their children, which can led to a traumatic experience for the child and two were able to made plans prior to their arrested to have their children at alternative locations. Such as, relatives or even foster care. Also, within the jail settings the contract with children is controlled by the jail with calls and visitation. Since the relatives with custody of the children may not always be supportive and some parents may lose custody of their children because of their arrest. Additionally, there are two types of visitation that is available in the jail, which is limited with glass between the child and their parent and sometimes physical contact is available based on certain programming at the jail. For instance, the back to school program with backpacks or as a reward for graduating from the trauma-inform program.

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