(11 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
Almost three quarters of the 2,422 women in New York state prisons are mothers.
So City Limits reminds us.
Maybe we can pause for a second this weekend and think about some of these families– and families in similar circumstances wherever you live– in which the mother is behind bars and the children would like to visit. This is particularly hard in big states, like New York, when the children are in, say, Brooklyn, and the mom is in Albion, some 400 miles away, a distance Google says you can drive in under 7 hours. One way.
Mothers’ Day had some of its origins in the U.S. in the mid-19th century as a day to bring together families that had been on opposite sides of the civil war. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t seem to have focused since then on re-connecting families separated by prison walls.
Maybe this would be a time to begin envisioning precisely that.