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.