Pregnant inmates languish in US prisons despite promises of release amid pandemic
Those who are incarcerated are ‘much more likely’ to get Covid-19 – and loved ones don’t understand why their pregnant family members are still locked up
Virginia’s 19-year-old daughter had been incarcerated for months in New York, at Bedford Hills correctional facility, where dozens of people had tested positive for Covid-19 and one woman has died from the disease.
The teen was almost 39 weeks pregnant as she languished in government custody amid the pandemic in early May. At the time, Virginia believed she would not be allowed to be with her during labor, to hold her child’s hand.