A recent study that I conducted as a doctor and Johns Hopkins OBGYN researcher estimated that from 2016 to 2017, there were nearly 3,000 admissions of pregnant women to U.S. prisons and 55,000 to jails.
Thousands are at risk for contracting COVID in custody and exposing their babies to danger.
As a physician and an attorney who work with populations that are pregnant and incarcerated, we have seen dangerous variability in their care.
There is a dearth of protections for them, leaving many vulnerable to inadequate medical care and abuse: loss of reproductive choices, shackling during childbirth and solitary confinement, as well as the inevitable separation from their newborns.
During COVID-19 crisis, prioritize release of pregnant inmates.