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Student Project: Medical Care for Female Prisoners in the United States: Motherhood

This guide provides helpful links to understanding some of the medical concerns facing female prisoners in the United States of America.

Use of Restraints

  1.  Bureau of Prison's Program Statement 5538.006 Escorted Trips. This Bureau Statement states that an inmate who is in labor, delivering, or in post-delivery recovery, should not be placed in restraints unless there is a serious risk of harm or escape. 
  2.  First Step Act of 2018. Title III of the Act is entitled "Restraints on pregnant prisoners prohibited," and on 12/21/2018, it became Pub. L. No. 115-391.

Restrictive Housing

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing in January 2016. The report states that women who are pregnant, have recently given birth, or who have miscarried or terminated their pregnancies, should not be placed in restrictive housing, save for some very rare exceptions and for limited times.

Restrictive Housing FAQ