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Sharlene Henry changes her daughter Delilah Whitfield’s diaper in the room they share at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

There are only nine prison nurseries in eight states which offer pre-screened non-violent inmates who enter prison pregnant the chance to live with their babies in separate facilities for up to the first eighteen months. The standard alternative is to immediately place the infant into foster care within hours of its birth. Studies suggest that the recidivism rate for women who have gone through the parenting programs offered in the prison nurseries is lower when compared with the general population of prisoners.

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