Have you been pregnant while in prison?
In 2009, New York enacted the Anti-Shackling Law, banning the inhumane practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women during childbirth.
We have been monitoring the law’s implementation, and need your help. Here are two ways you can get involved:
- Share this flyer with colleagues and women you know who have spent time in prison or jail.
- Please contact us if you gave birth while you were incarcerated in New York and are willing to share your experience.
The Correctional Association’s Women in Prison Project will soon be launching a campaign to improve reproductive healthcare for women in prison. More to come on our upcoming campaign soon! Please email us if you’re interested in getting involved.
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