Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health prisons nature plants green-space jails parents landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners mothers prison-design jail green-spaces moms

Coronavirus: a history of pandemics in prison

Prisons in the 18th and 19th centuries were hit hard by pandemics – with some drastic measures to stem the spread.

William Murphy, Associate Professor, School of History and Geography, Dublin City University • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: prisons coronavirus covid-19

Coronavirus: why prison conditions can be a perfect storm for spreading disease

Prisons are already a hotbed of disease, and without action COVID-19 could have catastrophic consequences behind bars.

Rosie Meek, Professor of Criminology & Psychology, Royal Holloway • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  prisons  coronavirus  uk-prisons  prisoner-health  coronavirus-2020  covid-19

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