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pregnancy and child related policy issuesNew Resource on Pregnancy and Child-Related Legal and Policy Issues

About 200,000 women are incarcerated in the United States. An estimated 5 percent of women enter a jail or prison while pregnant. The care of incarcerated women offenders requires a facility to consider a number of medical issues unique to that population, including pregnancy and childcare challenges. A new document by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) titled Pregnancy and Child-Related Legal and Policy Issues Concerning Justice-Involved Women can help guide correctional authorities through these legal topics.

Pregnancy and Child-Related Legal and Policy Issues Concerning Justice-Involved Women, written by Southwestern Law School Professor Myrna S. Raeder, J.D., covers a range of legal questions, from shackling women during childbirth, providing abortion access, or emphasizing the importance of prenatal care. The document is a resource for evaluating issues that may result in litigation and for developing policies and practices to improve the likelihood that women, after their release, will successfully reintegrate with their community and reunify with their children.

A growing movement seeks to prohibit the shackling of female inmates while they are in labor because of the potential threat to the mother and her child, according to the report. From a practical standpoint, physicians question whether a woman poses a flight risk or threat during labor and up to 48 hours after giving birth.

With this guide, Author Myrna Raeder continues her legacy as a champion for children and families affected by parental incarceration. She died November 16, 2013, shortly after the document's publication.

Click here to download the full document.

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Posted Tue, Dec 31 2013 12:00 PM by Donna Ledbetter

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