Handcuffs, Leg Irons and Waist Chains: Pregnancy in Prison
Between 1980 and 2010 the population of women in prison in the USA jumped 646%
A majority of them are non-violent offenders
are born in jail in the United States annually
About 5-10 percent of women enter prison pregnant
In 40 of the states it is legal to shackle pregnant prisoners before, during, and after giving birth.
In the other 10 the law against shackling is not strictly enforced.
These historically-male focused institutions do not have appropriate medical or psychiatric care to meet the needs of women.
Pregnant prisoners are shackled when transported off-campus to community providers for prenatal care...
...and are even shackled
during transport to the hospital, during labour, while they give birth and while they recover.