New Documentary Reveals an Intimate Look at What It’s Like to Be Pregnant in Prison
Date:  05-15-2020

Pregnancy and birth are difficult under normal situations, but in prison it's worse
From Ms. Magazine:

(Watch the documentary here.

The Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, located in Wetumpka, Alabama, has been long considered one of the worst women’s prisons in the country.

The namesake behind the prison was Julia S. Tutwiler, known as the “angel of the prisons” for her advocacy on reforms of the Alabama penal system in the early 1900s.

Today, the status of women in Tutwiler might make Julia turn in her grave.

  • In 2003, its overcrowded conditions were found to be so severe they violated the Constitution;

  • its pattern of “frequent and severe officer-on-inmate sexual violence” prompted the Equal Justice Initiative to file a formal complaint with the Justice Department in 2012; and

  • in May 2013, Mother Jones ranked Tutwiler as one of the ten worst prisons in the U.S.

    Today, a new documentary—aptly named Tutwiler—tells the story of pregnant women incarcerated within the prison’s walls. Continue reading >>>