An underused program in Canada is working to keep incarcerated mothers and their young children together after a B.C. ruling found that separating mothers from their infants is unconstitutional. New units are being built outside of the barbed wire of the prison in four provinces to accommodate the women and children.

From the Global News, March 6th report:

There are some 611 female inmates in Canada, and it is estimated more than two-thirds are mothers.

The program allows mothers who give birth in prison to keep their babies until they are four years old. Those who visit on a part-time basis on weekends or holidays can stay in the prison until they are six.

The move comes on the heels of a recent court case in British Columbia that found it unconstitutional to take babies away from incarcerated mothers.

In December, a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that the provincial government violated inmates’ rights when it cancelled a mother-baby program about eight years ago at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, B.C.

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