Being Incarcerated While Pregnant Is Dangerous AF w/ @LVikkiml— #KatieSpeakShow Ep128 4/07/2018

In brief: The outstanding Victoria Law is back on the show to discuss the current state of women’s prisons and what pregnancy behind bars looks and feels like in this country. UPDATE/Note: we discuss a North Carolina policy that advocates have put an end to just last week. The practice of shackling pregnant inmates — including while they are giving birth — is widespread; NC is hardly an outlier. So while Victoria uses specific states like NC as examples, keep in mind that (insomuch as it would be possible to treat someone humanely inside of a cage) the uphill battle for humane treatment of pregnant people behind bars is ongoing.

We also took a few minutes to discuss book recommendations from Victoria’s now annual commitment to read 50 books each year written by women of color! We’re both reading enthusiasts, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to chat about what to add to my list. As is both of our natures, throughout the episode we give listeners ways to get involved; everyone has a part they can play.

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Enhanced audio: Being Incarcerated While Pregnant Is Dangerous AF w/ @LVikkiml— #KatieSpeakShow Ep128 4/07/2018

Links to on-air references:

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


“North Carolina Has a Policy Against Shackling Prisoners Giving Birth—So Why Is It Still Happening?” at Rewire News

“Hungry, Shackled, and Grieving: What Prison Is Like for Pregnant People” at Rewire News

“Does Our Belief in Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence Extend to Survivors Behind Bars?” at Truthout

“Bresha Meadows Is Out From Behind Bars—But What About Other Abuse Survivors?” at Rewire News

“Efforts to Decrease Prison Populations Are Leaving Women Behind” at Truthout

“I’m Reading 50 Books by Women of Color This Year—Here Are Some of My Favorites So Far” via Rewire News

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Victoria Law: Twitter; website

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