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Lockup: Parenting Class
Tina McCutcheon doesn't want to let go of the baby doll. It reminds her of what's beyond these drab concrete walls. "I want to go home," she pleads. "I miss my daughter." On a Wednesday morning, McCutcheon and 10 other female inmates meet to learn parenting skills inside the Orient Road Jail, studying fetal alcohol syndrome and cocaine's lingering affect on infants. The jail started parenting groups seven years ago. Inmates who participate go through 15 hours of study. Many are drug addicts or prostitutes. They've had hard-luck lives, or put hard luck in the lives of others. Some have children; others do not. Some are juveniles charged as adults who await sentencing. McCutcheon, 30, says she sold drugs after her marriage fell apart in August. She pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in February. Her mother now has custody of McCutcheon's 12-year-old daughter. On this April day, this parenting lesson gave the inmate something to think about. "It made me angry at myself for even selling drugs," she said. "It's hard enough for them to be without a parent."
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