Report: Idaho Fails to Provide Proper Treatment for Pregnant Inmates

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Idaho received failing grades today on a new report card that examined treatment of mothers and pregnant women in prison.

The report, Mothers Behind Bars: A State-by-State Report Card and Analysis of Federal Policies on Conditions of Confinement for Pregnant and Parenting Women and the Effect on Their Children, was issued by the National Women's Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Some of the major findings:

Idaho received an overall grade of D for prenatal care.
The report found a systemic failure to ensure that pregnant inmates receive basic and essential prenatal care.

Idaho received a D for not limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women during transportation, labor and delivery, and postpartum recuperation.

Idaho received a F for having no family-based treatment programs for non-violent inmates who are parents.

"Women in prison may be unseen and forgotten, but it's in society's best interest to protect their health and well being," said Jill Morrison, co-author and NWLC Senior Counsel. "These failures not only compromise women's health but also jeopardize the health and well-being of their children and our communities."

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