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Pregnant in prison

Our penal system is designed to put one person behind bars at a time. Things get complicated when one person becomes two.

In 2011 and 2012, 233 inmates in California's prison system gave birth while serving their sentences.

In most cases, the newborns went to live with relatives while the women were in prison. 

However, a few women in the California prison system have a different story.

At The Community Prisoner Mother Program in Pomona a select group of low level offenders can live with their young children until the child turns seven years old.

Mothers live with their children in rooms shared with other inmates. During the day, kids are enrolled in the on-site preschool and Kindergarten and mothers take rehabilitation and other classes.

Learn much more about the women and programs pictured here on KPCC.

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