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JailcareFinding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars$
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Carolyn Sufrin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001

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Gestating Care

Gestating Care

Incarcerated Reproduction as Participatory Practice

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Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   pregnant inmate, incarceration, incarcerated pregnancy, punishment, maternity, risk management, moral judgments

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