Mothers and Infants Nurturing Together (MINT) Program Requests
One such program that is offered by the BOP is the Mothers and Infants Nurturing Together (MINT) program. This is an alternative, residential program for minimum security women who are pregnant at the time of sentencing. The MINT program is a RRC-based residential program that promotes bonding and parenting skills for low-risk female inmates who are pregnant. Women are eligible to enter the program if they are in their last three months of pregnancy, have less than five years remaining to serve on their sentence, and are eligible for a furlough. When they enter the program they receive prenatal care at a cooperating hospital, give birth and bond with their babies from three to eighteen months following delivery at the Birthing Center. The length of stay depends upon the Birthing Center’s policy.
The inmate or inmate appointed guardian is responsible for the child’s medical care while residing at MINT. In several MINT Program Birthing Centers, the facility will help to arrange a medical card (Medicaid) and food stamps for the infant if the child is born in or moves residence to that state. The mother is provided three months to bond with the newborn child before returning to her federal prison to complete her sentence. In select MINT programs, the inmate, if qualified, may stay for an additional period of bonding with the child. In select MINT programs, the inmate may stay for an additional period of bonding with the child. Certain institutions will allow that period of bonding for up to eighteen (18) months.
Prior to placement in the MINT Program, the mother is required to make arrangements for a custodian to care for the child during her remaining incarceration. Newborn children are not permitted to return to federal prison with their mothers. They can, however, accompany an approved adult visitor to visit their mother. Referral to the MINT program is at the discretion of the inmate’s Unit Team. While in the MINT program the inmate may participate in pre-natal programs which include childbirth, parenting, and coping skills classes. The program was designed to help incoming pregnant female offenders. The focus of this program is to encourage positive interaction and bonding between the mother and child in a highly structured environment.
There are only six (6) Birthing Centers (MINT Facilities) in the United States. The inmate may stay from three (3) months to eighteen (18) months depending upon the facility. Our goal is to get the mother in the facility which best suits for the care of the infant and mother. That facility is the 18-month facility. We provide all the information necessary to the defendant/inmate’s attorney, make contact with the birthing center, contact with the BOP, check bed space, contact the sentencing judge, and/or DSCC, and organize a complete package for MINT program acceptance and designation. Everything is in the package the client needs. The JTC MINT package is a total package that prepares clients for the MINT program and secures admission to the Mothers and Infants Nurturing Together (MINT) Program.
- Sentence Reduction Programs
- Pre-Sentence Interview Preparation
- Compassionate Release Program
- Pre-Sentence Report Examination
- BOP Facility Designation
- Judicial Recommendations
- RDAP Eligibility Assessment &
Positioning Paper (REAPP)
- Administrative Remedy Program
- Furlough Requests
- Transfer Requests
- Halfway House (CCC) Placement
- Inmate Perks and Upgrades
- Individual Client Research
- Commutation of Sentence Program
- Dismiss your Detainers
- Mothers & Infants Together (MINT)
- Consultation with your Legal Defense Team
- Many other programs
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