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The Julia Tutwiler Prison is the only correctional facility for women in Alabama, and it has a reputation for overcrowding, understaffing and egregious inmate mistreatment. In 2014, a US Department of Justice investigation found conditions in the prison to be unconstitutional due to rampant staff-on-prisoner sexual abuse. As part of an effort at reform, in 2016 Tutwiler helped to initiate the Alabama Prison Birth Project – an endeavour to prepare its pregnant prisoners (some 45 to 50 women each year) for motherhood, and ensure that their babies are healthy and looked after. But can a system that separates newborns from their mothers just 24 hours after birth ever be humane? Constructed with care and nuance by the Academy Award-nominated US filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon, this documentary traces both the promise and the moral complexities of a programme that seeks to break the intergenerational prison chain from inside.
Gender and identity
LGBTQ+ retirees celebrate their hard-earned self-acceptance at a belated prom night
Biography and memoir
Meet the Liverbirds! The bittersweet tale of Liverpool’s all-female answer to the Beatles
When crushes become crushing – how to know if you’re in a ‘limerent episode’
‘My people!’ A Trinidadian’s love letter to his island, just before its 1962 independence
A unique theatre performance explores what touch means in an age of lockdown
A Viking axe struck a Newfoundland tree in the year 1021. Here’s how scientists proved it
Human rights and justice
When the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence canonised Derek Jarman
Ageing and death
How an end-of-life doula found her vocation as a companion for the dying
Animals and humans
Familiarity breeds roach-respect, and even love, for a group of Florida insect farmers