When “Free” Means Losing Your Mother: The Collision of Child Welfare and the Incarceration of Women in New York State

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This report highlights the pernicious effect that incarceration of mothers has on their families and makes recommendations for preserving family ties.  Incarcerated women face significant barriers to maintaining stable relationships with — and sometimes parental rights to — their children. These obstacles include limited visiting and family reunification services, inadequate or non-existent legal representation in Family Court, and insufficient coordination between corrections departments, child welfare agencies and the courts.

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