In the UK, there are 13 different women prisons with standards created for the purpose of dealing with gender specific needs of the prisoners. There are Mother and baby units (MBUs) that are separate living accommodations in a prison that allow a mother and baby to live together in the prison if the mother meets certain standards. Generally, babies can stay with their mothers in an MBU up to 18 months of age.
There are also different accommodations called "Young Women's Units" for women ages 18-21. Depending on their risk assessment, they make take full part of activities in the prison.1
- 1. Ministry of Justice, Women prisoners (2014), https://www.justice.gov.uk/offenders/types-of-offender/women (Last visit June 29, 2015).