The Lang’ata prison is located on the edge of Kibera, a division of Nairobi 5.3 miles from downtown where a growing number of 700 to 1,000 women are jailed. Many of them are also in prison while pregnant. Children of women prisoners in Kenya are often traumatized as they grow up with a mother who is an inmate inside the prison environment. When a woman is jailed, the children even need counseling services because most have had a close bond with their mothers. Now however, the children are kept from their mothers in a nursery while their mothers are in their cells. There is no reliable data on the exact number of women who are mothers serving time in Kenyan prisons, but they are estimated to number in the thousands.
Womennewsnetwork January 9, 2012