Pregnant in a Texas County Jail?Jan 1st, 2013 | By admin | Category: Featured Articles
Each month the the local jails are required to turn in a tally of the number of pregnant women in each jail. Usually the tally runs from 400 to 500. While some women are only held there a few days, ohers may be incarcerated for weeks and months, and a small percentage will deliver their babies while in the custody of that county jail.
If your daughter, wife, sister or mom is one of those women, you want her to have the best possible care. If you yourself experienced being pregnant in a county jail, Texas Jail Project wants to know how you were treated and what the conditions were like. CONTACT US and let us know what you experienced in jail and how your baby is today!
Two laws were passed in 2009: one requiring healthy conditions and nutrition and medical care for pregnant inmates, and the second restricting the use of restraints on women in labor, childbirth, or post natal. But women have complained about lack of medical care and other problems, and we have discovered that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has not been promoting the improved standards for care of pregnant women or checking to see if any report shackling during childbirth.
We know a lot of people don’t know where to report the problems and others who are afraid to report. We may be able to help right then; if it’s in the past we can tell your story. If you like, we can record what happened without your name being involved. Also, please let us know about any jail where a pregnant woman receives good care!
Number of pregnant women present in Texas county jails, August 1, 2015: 513
(Statistics from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards)