CRM 2309 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Tim Hortons
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Pregnant women prisoners & health
October 21st 2013
Carceral setting for women prisoners:
-not likely that they're in prison for violent offenses. Mostly drug related offences, prostitution, fraud,
forgery, shop lifting.
-majority of women prisoners are mothers.
-higher number of charge rates against women
-lack of access to opportunity
-higher rates of mental illness
-lots of self entry
-in some institutions, the baby is kept from the mother.
-in certain institutions the baby is allowed to live with its mother for the first few years of their live.
Certain criteria must be met for this to be allowed.
-usually the baby is removed within 24-48 hours following the birth and placed into foster care (in
instances where there isn't family support)
issues with foster care:
-early childhood developement. The first few years of the childs life it's important to have that bond
wth their mother. Babies left without their mothers develop all kinds of anxiety.
-for many mothers this can be a big source of anxiety, worrying about where their child is gonna be
placed because they have been in foster care and have suffered abuse. They don't want their kid to go
-when they have to stay longer in the hospital, it's a positive thing for them because they get to spend a
little longer with their new born.
Claire Griggs: Birthing Barbarism:....
-Considering of carceral settings
-Health and women prisoners
-Issue of shackling
-why is it still happening? Scared they will escape.
-alot of the public doesn't agree with this yet we still see it being used.
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