HannaTruscott Photography: Prison Nursery

“Protective Custody is a documentary portrait series about pregnant inmates entering the WCCW (Washington Corrections Center for Women) who qualify for a prison nursery program. After giving birth, the mothers maintain custody of their babies while serving relatively short prison sentences rather than being separated during this developmentally critical time. Healthy maternal-infant attachment is promoted in a protective, supportive, and safe environment. I began working on this portrait documentary in 2003 with hopes of bringing this invisible and voiceless population into public consciousness. The work continues to raise awareness about multiple issues that the incarceration of minimum security, pregnant inmates and their families face.”


Grace Szucs