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Mothers in Prison. Children in Crisis.

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Women are now the fastest growing segment of the prison population. Eighty percent of women in prison are mothers. Seventy-five percent are mothers of minor children and studies show that these children are 5 to 6 times more likely to be imprisoned in their futures.

At a time when tougher prison sentences are being handed down and more children are being affected by a parent's incarceration, AETN presents a documentary that looks at the social, economic, political, and emotional costs.

AETN producers interviewed mothers in prison, children, caregivers, child welfare experts and prison authorities in an attempt to illustrate how a mother's incarceration affects her children.

Production Partners

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Funding for the "Mothers in Prison: Children in Crisis" documentary was provided in part by The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, as part of it's emphasis on economic, racial and social justice.

In 1974, the Trustees of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller's estate endowed The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to continue the work of The Rockwin Fund. Governor Rockefeller set up The Rockwin Fund in 1954 and, on an annual basis from 1956 until his death in 1973, funded projects and programs he believed were important to improving the quality of life in Arkansas. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of Arkansans by funding programs and projects that improve education; economic development; and economic, racial and social justice. During the past 28 years, the Foundation has awarded over $62 million in grants. To learn more about The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, click here (www.wrfoundation.org).

This program would not have been possible without the assistance of Centers for Youth and Families.

Centers for Youth and Families is a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization that provides specialized prevention and intervention services to help the emotional and social well-being of children and families. The Centers has provided services to mothers in prison, their children, and the caregivers since 1991. One of the services operated by the Centers is Family Matters. The Family Matters program provides services, support, and advocacy for children while a mother is incarcerated in our state prison system. Some of the other services offered by The Parent Center at the Centers for Youth and Families include parenting classes for mothers and fathers in our state's prisons, mother-child visitations for mothers in prison at the McPherson Unit who attend the Parenting from Prison classes, and kinship support groups for caregivers. Phone: (501) 660-6886