Always working to shine a light on the appalling state of our prison system in America, this season of Orange is the New Black is really hammering the point home with the “Daya’s Pregnant” storyline.
In today’s Atlantic Sarah Yager writes about the “nearly 800 percent increase in the number of women in custody since the late 1970s.” Yager explains, “the births are happening on a scale that is hard to ignore,” and “an estimated one in 25 female inmates is pregnant when the prison doors lock behind her.”
Many of these women are jailed for minor drug offenses or parole violations. It begs the question: Is there a better way for our society to help this particularly vulnerable group of women in order to provide better lives for their children than the foster care system they will likely wind up in?
Read the full story here.