Female inmates reunite with children during prison event

Published on October 09, 2017 at 10:41AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For mothers behind bars, photos and the rare visit are a lifeline to their children, many of whom face their own struggles while their moms are serving prison time.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2yb7atQ ) a Kids Day event at the Utah State Prison’s Timpanogos facility for female inmates allowed the mothers to be with their children for three whole hours.

In that time, the families were able to make crafts together, play games, share a meal and enjoy long hugs.

It was the fourth time the prison put on the event and the second time it provide the opportunity for female inmates.

Officials say 156 women took part in event. They are all recovering from drug addiction in a residential treatment program.