By Michael Stavola
The Hutchinson News 

Kansas prisons have some expectant mothers behind bars


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Alexa Baugh eagerly waits for the day she can hold her son outside of a Kansas prison.

The 25-year-old from Hutchinson sees her son, Angel, on weekends whenever her parents make the trek to the Topeka Correctional Facility. Baugh has been at the medium-security central unit since January.

If Kirstin Ardolino's court case had not been dismissed, the Newton woman this month likely would have become the first to give birth while incarcerated at the new Reno County Correctional Facility.

Being born behind bars is becoming an increasing likelihood as more women are going to...

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