Soledad O'Brien takes us inside a unique women's prison where inmates are raising their babies behind bars. In America, 1 in 15 women enter prison pregnant. Typically, the mother is stripped from her newborn within 24 hours of birth, causing possible lifelong trauma to both the child and mother. At the Washington Correction Center for women, inmates are able to live with their newborn for up to two years. The documentary follows Kristie Ebey and Margaret Taggert, the former a newly incarcerated mother fighting to get into the program and keep her baby, and the latter a veteran of the program facing release from prison as a single mother.
Arrived in prison seven and a half months pregnant. She was a real estate agent and a mother of two. She’s also a repeat offender… going in a second time for identity theft related to drug use.
Margaret is incarcerated for the manufacture, delivery, and possession of meth amphetamine. This is her second incarceration, and both her parents served time. She came in three months pregnant. Her baby Zoe, her fist child, is now a toddler.
Though only twenty-six years old, Kathryn gave birth to her fifth child, Kassidy, on April 16, 2013. Her other children range in age from two to ten years old. She has given up custody of her two-year-old, who is about to be adopted by the foster family he’s been living with. Kate is incarcerated for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Identity Theft 2, and Burglary 2.