There's a documentary on iView at the moment about women in prison (in America) who are pregnant, and how this particular prison has a program where selected women are actually allowed to keep their babies with them in a separate area.
Usually the babies are taken away 24 hours after birth.
I'm only ~20 minutes in and finding this really hard to watch. The forced separation just seems like such an obvious source of trauma, whereas by keeping their babies in this controlled environment seems such a perfect opportunity for learning, maturation, and rehabilitation. And surely having this stable attachment and bond is in the best interests of the child, it's hard to fathom why this isn't the standard procedure.
Of course if the women are convicted of certain violent crimes or child abuse etc, or if they don't actually want to stay with the baby then they definitely shouldn't.
I know America places a greater emphasis on punishment rather than rehabilitation but what is essentially forced adoption borders on cruel and unusual to me.
Does anyone know what the procedure in Australia is?
Do you think the children are better off being taken away or staying with their mothers in prison?