Momlogic has posted an article about the inhumane treatment of pregnant women in prison. Prisons are not legally obligated to provide prenatal care or proper nutrition to their pregnant inmates. Women in labor are reportedly chained to hospital beds and only given 12 hours with their newborns before being forced to hand them off to relatives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the United Nations have condemned the shackling of women during labor.
Malika Saada Saar, executive director of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, claims that the majority of these women are in prison for non-violent or drug-related crimes. The female prison population has risen 432% over the past 25 years due to mandatory sentences for drug-related crimes.