Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars

Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:44 By Jen Chien, National Radio Project | Radio Program
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Pregnant women in America’s prisons are being shackled to their beds and cells.  Others are being sterilized, some say, against their will.  Correctional institutions claim the policies are for safety’s sake, and that consent is always obtained.  But others see a larger pattern at work. On this edition, from shackling to sterilization, thousands of incarcerated people are struggling to maintain control over their own reproductive health.


Courtney Hooks, Justice Now! campaign and communications director; Tina ReynoldsWomen on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH) co-founder and chair; Samantha RogersCalifornia Coalition for Women Prisoners assistant; Karen ShainLegal Services for Prisoners with Children former policy director; Victoria Law,Resistance Behind Bars” author; Kimberly, formerly incarcerated mother; Joe Higgins, Rappahannock Regional Jail superintendent; Carolyn Sulfrin, former prison nurse.

Thank You to the Mary Wohlford Foundation and the Omnia Foundation for partial funding of this program.

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Jen Chien

Jen Chien is a producer for the National Radio Project. She joined Making Contact in 2012. She reports and produces segments for KALW especially on the education and economic inequality beats.

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