It is estimated that between 3–5 percent of incarcerated women are pregnant at intake (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2008). Because of the growing interest by policy makers, professionals, and researchers in better addressing the reproductive health needs of incarcerated women, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health (Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health) recently released Incarceration and Public Health as part of its Healthy Generations publication series. Each issue of Healthy Generations, published two or three times a year, focuses on a specific maternal and child health theme and contains articles about current research, programs, and policies.
Incarceration and Public Health features the work of researchers and professionals and covers topics about the health of incarcerated individuals; legislation in the U.S. and Minnesota; health care for pregnant incarcerated women; prison nurseries; pregnancy and parenting support for women in prison; conducting research in prison settings; working with incarcerated individuals; mandatory pregnancy testing of incarcerated women; and more. To access the full report, click here.