Having A Baby Behind Bars

Jul 24, 2017

Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year.

Credit Rennett Stowefrom USA via Wikimedia Commons

What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor.

In the book Jailcare Carolyn Sufrin uses ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an ob-gyn in a women’s jail to explore how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care. 

Sufrin joins us with details.