Washington Corrections Center for Women is one of at least eight prisons in the country that allows a small number of women who are pregnant and give birth while incarcerated to keep their newborns with them for a limited time. Mothers in the Residential Parenting Program have keys to their rooms and travel the hallways carrying infants or pushing them in strollers. They can use a kitchen to prepare food for themselves and their child. Supporters say the programs help women inmates turn their lives around.
1) Kirshawn, 2, makes a new friend with a newborn in a stroller next to him during the inmates' breakfast meal. 2) Daidre Kimp and Crystal Lansdale spend time with their children outside the women's residential parenting building. 3) Kimp dresses her daughter, Stella, before starting their day. 4) More than 1,000 are incarcerated in the overcrowded prison. 5) Charlee Hamilton, 1, waits for her mom at the in-prison daycare classroom. 6) Correctional officers count inmates at the Women's Residential Parenting Program. 7) Crystal Lansdale gets her son, Kirshawn, ready for in-prison daycare. 8) Cassandra Luthi holds her newborn daughter, Evelyn. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Images: @emanit | Eman Mohammed for NPR)