A quarter of all women inmates imprisoned at United States detention facilities have to cope with pregnancy issues, according to a report.
One in four women in prison, jail, or immigrant detention is either pregnant or has given birth in the previous year, according to a newly published interview.
Erica Gerrity, the founder of Ostara Initiative, a new nationwide initiative that pairs expecting mothers, who are incarcerated with childbirth supporters, noted in the interview that prison created a “hostile” environment for pregnant women.
“Prisons often do not accommodate for pregnancy or women as mothers … they’re in facilities designed by men, for men,” Gerrity said in the interview titled The Drama of Pregnant Women in Prison published in Forbes last month..
Gerrity revealed that ever since the opioid crisis hit the US, the number of female inmates had risen by 700%.