Women in Prison

Women in prison represent between 6 and 11 percent of the total number of prisoners: with the higher percentage found in jails. Between 75 to 80 percent of women in prison are mothers.
In this paper I will be addressing who is responsible for the children left behind when mothers go to prison, as well as who takes care of the children. I will also be stating my opinion of whether or not I believe pregnant women should be incarcerated, as well as if mothers in prison should be allowed to keep their babies with them.

Who is responsible for the children left behind when mothers go to prison?
According to the Department of Justice statistics, which were based on personal interviews in state and federal correctional facilities, it's usually not their fathers. Only 28 percent of the mothers in prison said that their child's father was the primary caregiver while they were imprisoned. Over half said that grandparents were responsible, while others said that their children were with other relatives or foster homes. Sometimes substitute caregivers improve children’s lives, other times they care little for their unwanted burdens. In all cases though the relationship between mother and child suffers under such difficult conditions.
Who takes care of the children?
The search for workable and healthy solutions is a difficult one, and approaches around the world vary widely. When a mother is arrested, an estimated 90% of children are sent to live with their maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents or their father. The last 10% are taken care of by friends of the mother. In India's Tihar Prison, Ultimate Explorer host Lisa Ling found that mothers among the massive prison's 500 female inmates are allowed to bring their children with them to live within the prison walls.
The New Delhi prison, one of Asia's largest, allows mothers to keep their children with them until the child turns five. While the environment does have a family orientation it's still very...