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Axing of mother-baby prison program ruled unconstitutional 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled a decision to end the mother-baby program at the Alouette Correctional Facility for Women was unconstitutional.

With the program cancelled in 2008, according to West Coast Leaf, a women’s advocacy group, babies born to inmates at the Maple Ridge facility were taken by the Ministry of Children and Family Development at birth.

The policy, according to the group’s Monday press release, made it impossible to breastfeed newborns or to form family bonds.

West Coast Leaf intervened and brought the case to court, arguing the move went against the constitution, rights to security of the child and equality.

 

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