Moms behind bars: what it means to be a mother in eshowe correctional center



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MOMS BEHIND BARS:

MOTHERHOOD IN ESHOWE CORRECTIONAL CENTER

IndiAna Gowland

Nonceba Lushaba, Phoenix Zululand

John Daniel, SIT

South Africa: Social and Political Transformation

Fall 2011



Table of Contents

Acknowledgments....................................................................................................... 3

Abstract.........................................................................................................................4

Introduction...................................................................................................................4

Literature Review..........................................................................................................7

Maternal Imprisonment Internationally.............................................................7

Children of Prisoners........................................................................................11

The South African Prison System.....................................................................11

Incarcerated Mothers in South Africa...............................................................13

Mother and Child Units....................................................................................14

Methodology.................................................................................................................17

“Starting with Us” Sessions..............................................................................17

Interviews.........................................................................................................19

Limitations....................................................................................................................20

Results...........................................................................................................................22

Mothers in Prison..............................................................................................22

Thoughts on Motherhood……………………………………………..24

Common Worries……………………………………………………...27

Communication………………………………………………………..30

Coping Methods……………………………………………………….32

Thoughts about Release……………………………………………….33

Mother and Child Unit.......................................................................................36

The Physical Space…………………………………………………….37

Issues…………………………………………………………………..38

Opinions of Other Inmates……………………………………………..40

Conclusion......................................................................................................................41

Recommendations for Further Study..............................................................................44

Bibliography...................................................................................................................45

Appendix I: “Starting with Us” Sessions.......................................................................47

Appendix II: Sample Interview Questions.....................................................................48






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