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Female Offenders

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Inmate Heather O'Brien and her daughter, Heaven, in the ABC's Nursery at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

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Forget what you thought you knew about women behind bars: they're the fastest growing prison population in America, and one of the toughest to manage. At the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the system is tested daily by every kind of female offender: from capital murderers, to nursery mothers - and everything in between. Behind these bars, there are "pseudo-families" instead of gangs, infants being raised by inmates, and a complicated web of contraband trades and power plays. This is a world of women unlike any you've ever seen.

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