Pregnant Prisoners Illegally Shackled During Labor In New York, Says Report

| by Michael Allen

A new report by the Correctional Association of New York claims that state prisons are placing female inmates in shackles while they are in labor, which has been illegal in the state since 2009.

The report also says that most female inmates do not have access to enough feminine sanitary products and toilet paper, notes The Huffington Post.

Pregnant women are reportedly placed solitary confinement and the prisons lack medical personnel who are trained to work with females who have survived traumatic events, claims the study.

The Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York interviewed 950 female prisoners in 20 state prisons over five years to create the report.

"We looked at reproductive health because it's one lens that you can really see the specific experience of women in prison, not just the dehumanization that defines life in prison in general, but the specific dehumanization that women go through," Tamar Kraft-Stolar, author of the report, told The Huffington Post.

The New York State Department of Corrections has not yet responded to the report.

The Sentencing Project, another advocacy group, claims that "[t]he number of women in prison, a third of whom are incarcerated for drug offenses, is increasing at nearly double the rate for men. These women often have significant histories of physical and sexual abuse, high rates of HIV infection, and substance abuse."

Sources: The Sentencing Project, Correctional Association of New York, The Huffington Post
Image Credit: Laura Benvenuti