Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

April 4, 2015 6:03 AM

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Mothers in prison rarely get to see their children, let alone touch them or sing them a lullaby. But female inmates in New York City are getting a little help with the singing, thanks to Carnegie Hall. For the last few years, Carnegie has sponsored the Lullaby Project, which pairs professional musicians with women in jails, homeless shelters and city hospitals, to help them write lullabies for their children. Jeff Lunden spent a few days with the musicians and inmates in the city's largest jail, Rikers Island, to see how the Lullaby Project works.

It's a frigid morning, and five musicians have made their way through a series of checkpoints to a small classroom, where they will work with 10 prisoners: either women who are detainees awaiting trial or women who are serving out their sentences at Rikers Island. To break the ice, Deidre Rodman Str...

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