An Alternative for Pregnant Inmates

For pregnant people behind bars, LA County is offering a route back to their communities. 

It’s funneling pregnant people out of the prison system and into supportive homes where they can live with their children.
A 4-part California Health Report series explores the process of selecting and enrolling participants, and the program’s harm reduction approach, from prenatal services to securing housing. 

  • Support systems remain in place even when women leave the program—those who are reincarcerated can be welcomed back to the program.
  • The relative leniency is by design: “It has to be flexible and forgiving; it has to be a commitment to ‘care first, jail last,’” said ODR medical director Kristen Ochoa.

California Health Report (Part I and Part II out now)

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