The New Mothers of Bedford Hills

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This article published by The Marshall Project provides a selection of one photographer’s images of motherhood in prison. The New Mothers of Bedford Hills highlights photos from the Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, New York.

From the article:

In 1993, Charlyn Zlotnik photographed Sister Elaine Roulet (photo right), a nun who helped open the Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, New York, the state’s only maximum security prison for women. Bedford Hills became the first facility in the United States to have a prison nursery. “They were really young — 17, 18, 19 years old,”  Zlotnik says of the women she met in 1993.

The Children’s Center exists to this day, and offers parenting classes and toy-stocked visiting rooms for toddlers and older children to bond with their mothers.

See the entire selection of photographs