The Pregnant Woman in Prison

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There are currently 4200 women in prison,
many of whom are pregnant or already
mothers. Pregnant prisoners have unique
and complex physical and psychological
needs. The need for a ‘one-stop shop’ for
health care was recommended by Baroness
Corston in 2007. However, many of the
recommendations made by Corston in 2007
have not been met. This article gives an
overview of the needs of the pregnant
prisoner, the social inequality of women in
prison and the cycle of deprivation and
abuse that often leads to criminal behaviour
in women. The article makes
recommendations for future policy and
discusses the gender issue of UK prisons,
which have been historically designed by
men for men but are facilitating the
incarceration of women.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalHoward Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014


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