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Born Behind Bars

Born Behind Bars

  • Premiered: 
    July 10, 2018
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  • Network: A&E
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: prison

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Plot Synopsis

BORN BEHIND BARS is a one-hour docuseries that goes inside the Wee Ones Program at the Indiana Women's Prison, following several inmates at various stages of the program as they navigate the volatile prison environment while raising their babies. This series also profiles the staffers, including tough-love guards and inmate nannies, who help care for the newborns. Nearly 75,000 women enter American prisons annually and as many as 10 percent of them are pregnant at the time of their incarceration. In most prisons, the babies are separated from their mothers immediately following birth. A few penitentiaries, however, offer programs that allow the women to raise their children inside of a maximum security prison. In March 2008, the Indiana Women's Prison implemented the Wee Ones Nursery, a voluntary program available for pregnant offenders, and more than 175 babies have been born and raised in the cell block as part of the program during its first 10 years.
On Sunday, August 26, 2018 from 11am-2pm, A&E premiered the season finale of BORN BEHIND BARS, debuting three back-to-back new episodes:

"Mommas Can Conquer the World" (11am): Brandi struggles to get ready for her parole hearing and possible release. Three inmates vie for the new, highly coveted Nanny position, but a mean-girl clique has strong opinions on who should win. Donyell gives birth to a baby girl.

"God's Got the Last Say" (Noon): Stakes run high as Brandi finally goes before a hostile parole board to plead her case. Two pregnant inmates apply for the Wee Ones program which has only one open spot. Maranda goes through a bitter breakup with her girlfriend.

"Believe in Me" (1pm): Brandi wins parole, but life outside the prison walls is hard for her and daughter. Stephanie's family visits, and baby Abigail gets to meet her two big brothers for the first time.


  • Indiana Women's Prison - Indiana USA