Pregnant Women in Prison

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Running head: WOMEN IN PRISON

Women in Prison
James Graziadei
TESST College – Towson

Criminal Justice CJ242
11/17/2014
Felicea R. Thomas, M.S.
Abstract
Discussing who is responsible for a child when the main caregiver is the sole guardian and incarcerated. The generational gap that can cause issues in the development of a child. Who and how money can be an issue and cause problems. Is it okay to have a pregnant woman be put behind bars for the crime she committed? And is it okay for mothers to keep their babies imprisoned with them, while serving time.

Women in Prison
Approximately 7 in 10 women under correctional sanction have minor children, more than 1,300.000 children (Leonard A. Sipes, 2012).
Imprisonment rate are skyrocketing for females in today’s world. There has been nearly a 600% increase in female offenders in the past 30 years. Black females had an imprisonment rate nearly three times that of white females (Leonard A, 2012).With this in thought many women obtain sub-standard care while pregnant in prison. According to a 2006 report by the Department of Justice, only 44% percent of pregnant women received a medical examination upon arrival and, of those women, only 35% received any type of pregnancy care including child care, prenatal exercise instructions, special diets, medications or special testing. Many women are also forced to give birth while wearing shackles, due to them being a flight risk.
With women being the primary caretaker of their child/children, according to Austin & Irwin, children are left without a parent and coordinated system of care (Irwin, 2012). That leaves the popular question, who is responsible for the children left behind when mothers go to prison? One can just imagine the degree of disruption in these children's lives upon the arrest of their mothers, which depends in large part on where they go and…...

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