Why Is North Carolina Keeping Pregnant Women in Prison in Solitary Confinement?
Date:  10-28-2019

Keeping pregnant women in solitary confinement goes against U.S. Department of Justice and International standards
From Ms. Magazine:

While prisons and jails are designed by and for men, incarceration rates for women are on the rise. Since the 1980s, incarceration rates for women have increased by over 800 percent. Yet people incarcerated in women’s facilities, especially pregnant people, are ignored, with few legal protections or policies that address their special needs—particularly pregnancy and reproductive care.

In many cases, there are more legal protections and oversights concerning the protection of captive wild animals and the care and handling of farm animals then there are for incarcerated pregnant people in the United States. In Colorado, for example, a pregnant pig cannot be confined to a cage for more than 12 hours a day. But in most states, no such protections exist for pregnant people.

Solitary confinement refers to confinement in a cell for all or nearly all of the day—resulting in deprivation of meaningful social contact, physical activity and environmental stimulation. Solitary confinement of any length, but particularly prolonged solitary confinement for more than 15 days, can cause serious emotional, psychological and physical harm to people, especially vulnerable populations such as those who are pregnant or have mental illness. Continue reading >>>