Prof to present Women’s Prison research


Inmates who give birth at the Indiana Women’s Prison, and are allowed to live with their babies in a special wing, are less likely to get arrested again and more likely to retain custody of their children after release, according to new research by Dr. Kevin Whiteacre and his graduate students in Applied Sociology.

Whiteacre, assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology and director of UIndy’s Community Research Center, will present the findings Thursday, Feb. 7, in this month’s installment of the Faculty Forum lunchtime lecture series. The talk begins at 12:30 p.m. in Schwitzer Student Center 010. Brown bags are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

Whiteacre and research assistants Stephanie Fritz and James Owen analyzed data and conducted interviews with women who participated in the Indianapolis prison’s Wee Ones Nursery, which allowed them to live with their newborn infants for as long as 18 months and receive parenting education while serving their sentences. Their study was commissioned by the Indiana Department of Correction and the Indiana Women’s Prison.