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Mothers Shackled During Labor and Birth
Gwen

In 1989, Gwen was arrested and held at the Rice Street Jail in Atlanta, Georgia for two weeks.  Gwen remembers that the conditions at the jail were overcrowded.  The women stayed in a large holding cell during the day.  They were supposed to be moved to cells for the night, but the jail was so full that women like Gwen spent the nights sleeping on the floor of the holding cell.

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Michelle

In September 2006, the state of Ohio sentenced Michelle to forty-two months at the Ohio Reformatory for Women for a probation violation linked to her nonviolent felony offense of larceny.  Shortly after arriving in prison, Michelle learned that she was pregnant.

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Arnita

In September 2000, the state of Ohio sentenced Arnita to sixty months at the Franklin County Correctional Center in Columbus, Ohio for conspiracy to distribute a nonviolent drug offense.  During her incarceration, Arnita gave birth to her son, Waki.  Waki was born in shackles.

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Tessa

Tessa was twenty-five years old when she gave birth to her son, Chance, in April 2006.  Tessa gave birth to Chance in shackles.

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Stephanie

Stephanie, who is legally blind, gave birth to her son, Diamond in shackles during her incarceration in 1993.

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