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Indiana Scores Poorly in Study of Pregnant Women in Prison


The study covered areas ranging from alternative sentencing to shackling during childbirth.

A new survey says many states are lacking when it comes to dealing with pregnant prison inmates, including Indiana. The Hoosier State gets an overall grade of D-minus in the study done by the National Women‘s Law Center and the Rebecca Project.  The rankings are based on three criteria: prenatal care, shackling during childbirth and community-based alternatives to incarceration to allow mothers to be with their children. The superintendent of the Indiana Women‘s Prison, Steve McAuley, says he strongly disagrees with the grade the state received.

McAuley says the state doesn‘t allow alternatives to incarceration for inmate mothers, but does have a nursery program capable of holding 10 babies and their mothers. The women‘s prison health care administrator, Julie Murphy, says a hospital doctor gives inmates receive more frequent checkups as their delivery day approaches…

Inmates are allowed to keep their children with them for 18 months after they’re born. Only Pennsylvania received an “A” in the survey. 11 states scored the same or worse than Indiana.

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