A first time ever Mothers Day Art event was staged in the foyer reception area of San Franciscos County Jail #2 last Friday, a women-only jail facility located on 7th Street.
The programmed event included an exhibition of restorative art created by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists; a poetry recital; theatrical performances; a gift exchange between inmates and their children; and the announcement by Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi about the departments new doula program for pregnant inmates, a program Mirkarimi initiated in collaboration with the departments jail house services, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, UC San Francisco, and the Justice Earth Project, to improve family-based services for inmates, formerly incarcerated men and women, and their families.
We are here today to celebrate Mothers Day and to celebrate the children and families of Mothers Day, Mirkarimi said. We are also here to proclaim our loving care and respect during the transformative experience of pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
It is the aim of our administration to make sure that we improve upon the policies that make the experience for women, for mothers, for their children and families, to be the most positive and constructive and effective experience that anyone here would expect, Mirkarimi added.