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Pregnant Inmates Say a Federal Jail Is No Place for Them, and Some Judges Agree

The article covers the mistreatment of female inmates who are pregnant. Pregnant prisoners are often denied of access to necessary medical care, often leading to miscarriage.

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When Stephanie Jorge reported to a federal jail in Brooklyn last year to begin a three-month sentence for bank larceny, she brightly announced that she was pregnant.

The correctional officers showed little interest. Later, on the occasions she began to hemorrhage, the officers would typically refuse to call an ambulance until they could summon three officers to take her to the hospital — apparently the required number to guard an inmate, even one pregnant and bleeding. That often took an hour or two, Ms. Jorge recalled.Read more...