Forced Inmates of Turkey’s Prisons: Small Children

Forced Inmates of Turkey’s Prisons: Small Children

“Infants who meet with prison conditions as soon as or soon after their birth due to their mothers’ crimes stand before us as one of the most heart-breaking problems we face in our penal system. These small children who become like a party to their mothers’ crime since their birth, step into adulthood before they properly enjoy their childhood. In Turkey, there are three options available for 0-6 year old children whose mothers are detained or convicted:

  • If they have a family member who can look after them, they can stay under their guardianship,
  • If they do not have a relative who can look after them, they are kept with their mothers in prison,
  • If the mother does not accept her child to stay in prison, the child can be placed in a child care institution that operate “under the guardianship of the state”.