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March on Allegheny County Jail Tomorrow for Amy Lynn Gillespie

Amy Lynn Gillespie, 27, died on January 13, 2010. Ms. Gillespie was incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail and at the time of her death, was 18 weeks pregnant. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that she was in jail for “violating … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania is Making Improvements for Incarcerated Moms, But Much More Needs to Be Done

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an article praising Pennsylvania’s number one status among state prison systems with regard to treatment of pregnant inmates. Post-Gazette reporter Tracie Mauriello cites examples from a study titled “Mothers Behind Bars” (PDF) conducted by the … Continue reading

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Governor Rendell Signs Shackling Ban Into Law

Senate Bill 1074, previously known as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 29th.  The bill bans the shackling of pregnant inmates in transit to a medical facility, during labor, and … Continue reading

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Shackling Ban of Pregnant Inmates Awaits Action by PA House Appropriations Committee

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1074, introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery), proposes banning the shackling of pregnant inmates during labor. SB1074, previously referred to as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, unanimously passed the Pennsylvania Senate on March 17, 2010. Subsequently … Continue reading

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