Pregnant in Prison


Pregnant women make up less than 1% of California’s prison system, yet despite their small numbers, these women have posed a difficult question for guards and rights advocates for decades: how do you balance what’s best for the community with what’s best for the babies born to incarcerated felons? After giving birth in prison, most women are back in shackles less than two days later, their infants off to live with relatives or foster parents. For a lucky few, they can stay with their infants and care for them until the children are six years-old behind bars. This series explore how four different women experienced pregnancy in prison in 2013.