In 2010, NIRH supported the work of partner New Voices Pittsburgh to build toward better policies in the Pittsburgh prison system for pregnant women. With NIRH’s support, New Voices hosted Policymaker Leadership Institute to introduce local elected officials to the reproductive justice framework and to discuss the reproductive health of incarcerated women in county jails. New Voices ultimately built and trained a broad coalition of organizations and policymakers dedicated to improving conditions for pregnant women in the Allegheny County Jail, which laid the groundwork for passage of a statewide anti-shackling bill.

In 2010 and 2011, NIRH also supported the work of Aid to Inmate Mothers in Alabama, as they implemented a program that offered reproductive health education courses in prison and connected women to County Health Department reproductive health services upon release, and subsequently evaluated the impact of that program.