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Unshackle Mothers: Realities of Incarcerated Moms

When: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 8:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St. • Boston

Governor Patrick has issued a bond to construct two new women's jails and expand the jail in Chicopee Massachusetts, a project of stealing women from their children. 85% of women who are incarcerated are mothers. Pregnant women and mothers in child birth are not protected from the violence of steel shackles here in Massachusetts. It is these realities that we will discuss today.

Marianne Bullock is co-founder of the Prison Birth Project. The Prison Birth Project (PBP) is a reproductive justice organization providing support, education, advocacy, and activism training to women at the intersection of the criminal justice system and motherhood. In prison, 4-7% of women are pregnant, the same percentage as in the wider population; 85% are mothers, and 25% were pregnant upon arrest or gave birth in the previous year.

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