One of the more intriguing storylines of “Orange is the New Black” is Daya’s pregnancy. Lauren Kirchner at Pacific Standard sheds some light on the larger issue of giving birth behind bars:

This is a soapy plotline, on a fictional show, but it does hint at the complicated and harsh realities that women face when they become pregnant while incarcerated. And there are a lot of them; according to The Sentencing Project, one in 25 women in state prisons and one in 33 in federal prisons are pregnant when admitted to prison. As of 2010, there were approximately 200,000 women in prison and jail in the U.S. (PDF).

Read more over at Pacific Standard

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/06/on_orange_is_the_new_black_and_pregnancy_in_prison.html


Thank you for printing out this Colorlines.com article. If you liked this article, please make a donation today at colorlines.com/donate to support our ongoing news coverage, investigations and actions to promote solutions.