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Women in PrisonsNameNameProfessorNameAOJ 12524 May 2017
Women in PrisonsOver the past quarter century, there has been a profound change in the involvement ofwomen within the criminal justice system. Women now comprise a larger proportion of theprison population than ever before; the female prison population stands nearly eight times higherthan its population count in 1980. “Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated womenincreased by more than 700%, rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014”(TheSentencing Project). It is hard to be a woman in jail and more challenging if expecting anewborn. “At any given time, between 6 and 10 percent of the approximate 113,000 womenserving time in the United States are pregnant”(Emily Kaiser). These women have manyquestions and concerns during their pregnancy while being in prison. The rise in incarceratedwomen equates to several thousand babies born in prison each year. “A 2002 surveyfound that5% of women entered local jails pregnant.In 2004, a Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyfoundthat 3% of women in federal prisons and 4% of those in state prisons were pregnant upon arrival.At those rates, approximately 9,430 pregnant women are incarcerated annually”(Law).Forfemale prisoners, giving birth while serving time is often a distressing experience.In some Institutions, the women’s due date is not given to them. Remaining a mystery tothose mothers. However, the reason why the institutions do not give the mothers their due date isso they do not plan an escape and the institutions do not what to give the mothers a wrongestimated due date. Another thing, mothers are not informed is if she is going to have a C-sectionuntil the day of the procedure. Also, families are kept in the dark regarding the birth details, withmost families learning about the delivery after the inmate returns to prison.The mothers are stillbeing surveillanced by the guards around the clock.Despite the “all-eyes-watching” experience,
close family and friends are not allowed in the room with the inmate.

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