This Mother’s Day more than 219,000 women are incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails with more than 75% of them being mothers. An estimated two-thirds of incarcerated women are serving time for non-violent, drug-related crimes.
The Prison Policy Initiative found that more than 60% of women in our jails have not been convicted of a crime and are waiting for trial. Even after a conviction, many women are held in jails which make it harder to stay in touch with family members.
Many of these women are mothers who were the primary caregiver for their children. More than 60% of these women have children under the age of 18.
Spending Mother’s Day in prison is pretty tough on both the incarcerated mom as well as the children on the outside. We urge you to visit the mom not only to help her keep her spirits up but also for the benefit of the children and to keep the family unit together as much as possible.