Incarcerated Reproduction as Participatory Practice
This chapter explores how the pregnant inmate and her fetus challenge the institution to think about how it cares for all those inside its walls. It first gives an overview of incarcerated pregnancy on a national scale, and contextualizes these processes in the contradictions encapsulated by the pregnant inmate. What happens on the ground at the San Francisco jail then reveals how, through the custody and medical staff's management of pregnant inmates, the jail articulates what kind of care these women—and their fetuses—deserve. Through risk management, moral judgments, and gestures of care and control, the jail both challenges and reinforces expected norms of punishment and maternity.
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