The National Institute has worked with partnered with local and state advocates to highlight the reproductive needs of incarcerated women; provide sexual health education and services inside and outside the prison walls; and deepen relationships with policymakers and prison officials to pass and implement legislation. In several states, we have helped advocates pass laws that prohibit the shackling of incarcerated women who are pregnant.
We are currently working with Prisoners’ Legal Services
and the Prison Birth Project
and the ACLU of Southern California
to implement laws in Massachusetts and California that prohibit the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women.
We previously partnered with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
in San Francisco to build toward California’s statewide anti-shackling ban, and with Aid to Inmate Mothers
, which provides health care and services to incarcerated women in Alabama.