Swedish prison cell

Babies Behind Bars

Sweden’s prison service says it may allow babies to live in prison with their fathers, putting men on an equal footing with women.

But prison official Elisabeth Lager says this would only be a possibility in rare cases where social services find it is in the child’s best interests. Only 9 or 10 women prisoners a year are given custody of their babies inside Swedish jails. Once over a year old, children are not permitted to live behind bars here.

Like inmate mothers, the fathers would live with their babies in open prisons, not in cells in high-security lock-ups.

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