Being incarcerated does not mean that one loses their parental rights. It just means that some of the parental rights are limited. Prisoners should have the right to see their children during family visits. However, this is not allowed in some instances like where the parent is incarcerated for abusing the child or the other partner. They should also have the right to know the progress of their kids in school and in society as well. Other rights that are important are the right to call home and find out how the children are doing as well as to write letters to their children. Parental rights are limited only to children below the age of 18 years.
Children, especially new born babies are allowed to live with their mothers in prison for a certain period of time. This is so because of the importance of the mother baby bond and for the proper maternal care, most importantly breastfeeding which is crucial in the initial 6 months of a baby’s life. However, for mothers to live with children while incarcerated, it is not allowed although family visits are allowed where children can visit and spend sometime with their mother(s). The prison environment is not conducive for raising children as all types of people are found there. Hence it is not even safe for kids because prison is structured as a confinement from the rest of society.
If incarcerated mothers were allowed to live with their children in prison there would be the likelihood that the children will develop queer behavior and possibly be juvenile delinquents. This is because of what they see happening in prison; fights usually break out every now and then, smoking is rampant and bad mouthing is the order of the day. There is a lot of negative influence in the prison setting. Some children having grown up in prison would see no harm in spending time there and would care less about committing crimes.