incarceration

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Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation’s jails every year.

What happens to them as they carry their pregnancies in a space of punishment? In this time when the public safety net is frayed, incarceration has become a central and racialized strategy for managing the poor.

In the book Jailcare Carolyn Sufrin uses ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an ob-gyn in a women’s jail to explore how jail has, paradoxically, become a place where women can find care. 

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"Lock 'em up and throw away the key" was once the attitude toward minors convicted of crimes in the United States. 

We still hear of cases of children being tried and convicted in adult court and sentenced to adult prison, but states continue to pass laws taking a different approach toward youthful offenders.