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Babies Behind Bars — Old jail facilities in San Mateo difficult for pregnant inmates (VIDEO)

By Amanda Schwab and Erik Silk | 7 Jun 2011

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The Women’s Correctional Center in San Mateo County houses between 100-130 female inmates — a handful of whom are pregnant. The outdated facility is not equipped for women to give birth there or for women and infants to live together. Thus, pregnant inmates must deliver in area hospitals and then send their children to live with friends or relatives until they complete their sentences or can be moved to a prison facility that can accommodate keeping women and newborns together.

San Mateo County is in the planning stages of building a new correctional facility, but this video examines the difficulties pregnant inmates face in the current facilities and the challenges they pose to the law enforcement system.

 

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