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Nearly 75,000 women are entering prison in the US each year and up to 10% are pregnant when they enter. A staggering 7,500 babies are born behind bars each year in the US. In most cases, babies are separated from their mothers immediately after birth. However, there are a handful of states where for the betterment of the infant (studies show enormous health and developmental benefits accrue when babies bond strongly with mothers in their formative years) and the reduction of recidivism by nearly 50%, the pregnant inmate can keep her baby and raise it behind prison walls. Currently there are 8 experimental prison nursery programs nationwide of this kind and we have exclusive access to one of them. Indiana Women's Prison is a maximum security prison that runs the controversial Wee Ones program on Unit 7 of the prison complex. Across the 10 serialized hours of Babies Behind Bars we will follow the interweaving stories of 4 to 5 inmates, each of whom is at a different stage of the 18 month program. Some will be entering the program just before giving birth, some will be about halfway through the program, and some will be coming to the end of the program. All will be struggling to play by the rules and remain in this ZERO TOLERANCE program while fighting for a better life for themselves and their babies. We'll also follow the inmate, the nannies, and the tough-love prison guards in whose hands the futures of these incarcerated mothers are entrusted.

Babies Behind Bars is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on January 31, 2017.

Babies Behind Bars is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Babies Behind Bars on demand atAmazon Prime, Tubi TV online.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Lifetime Movie Network
1 Season, 10 Episodes
January 31, 2017
Documentary & Biography
6.1/10
Cast: Lesley Sharp, Bobi Brush, Mary Bullock, Patty Camp
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Babies Behind Bars Full Episode Guide

  • Brandi wins parole, but life outside the prison walls is hard for her and daughter. Stephanie's family visits, and baby Abigail gets to meet her two big brothers for the first time.

  • Stakes run high as Brandi finally goes before a hostile parole board to plead her case. Two pregnant inmates apply for the Wee Ones program which has only one open spot. Maranda goes through a bitter breakup with her girlfriend.

  • Brandi struggles to get ready for her parole hearing and possible release. Three inmates vie for the new, highly coveted Nanny position, but a mean-girl clique has strong opinions on who should win. Donyell gives birth to a baby girl.

  • A mother's worst nightmare occurs as Jeanie's son stops breathing during a routine doctor's visit. Maranda, who is fed up with being a nanny, moves out of the Wee Ones unit. Taylor sees her premature twins for the time since their birth.

  • Jeanie goes into premature labor and is rushed to the hospital. Brandi gets into trouble, and confronts the woman she thinks snitched on her. Stephanie's mother wants baby Abigail to come live with her, but Stephanie resists.

  • After Officer Leath cracks down, an inmate fears her daughter will be taken away. A new pregnant inmate enters the program and is immediately targeted by the mean girls who accuse her of stealing a radio.

  • Stephanie finally has her day in court, hoping for the early release that will allow her to bring baby home.

  • Stephanie hopes for the early release that will enable her to bring her daughter home even though she hasn't completed her drug abuse treatment.

  • As prison relationships are strictly forbidden, one inmate risks losing her daughter if she gets caught with her girlfriend.

  • A controversial prison nursery program at the Indiana Women's Prison allows a few select inmates to raise their babies behind bars. But the rules are strict; there's zero tolerance on Wee One's Unit 7, and one slip-up can result in an inmate mom losing her child.