Kids On the Inside

In Mexico, where incarcerated mothers often keep their children with them, the practice draws mixed reviews.

In one facility near Chihuahua City, around 10% of mothers—many of whom landed there as accessories to cartel crimes—are allowed to bring their children inside.

The presence of the babies lightens the experience for many, and unites the prisoners. “Everyone wants to support the babies,” says inmate Brenda Armenta. But she has reservations, and worries about the long-term effects on the kids: “This is not a place for babies. This is a place for us... to be thinking about what we did.”

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