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Access denied: Pregnant inmates struggle to gain entry to prison nursery programs

A New York World investigation has found that between 2010 and 2012 as many as a third of all applicants have been denied access to the nursery program even though the two nurseries operate at less than half capacity. And while some inmates have successfully challenged the denials in court, mothers who gain access to the program can still be expelled for any reason. Photo: Thomas Hawk, Flickr

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Arisleida Duarte, a former gang member, was incarcerated on two separate occasions while pregnant and was initially denied access to the nursery program each time. Photo: Jie Jenny Zou

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