COVID-19 Reflections: The ARRWIP team recognizes the profound and complex implications of the current pandemic for people in our nation's prisons, jails, and detention centers. People in these settings are at high risk of acquiring and transmitting the virus and often have limited access to cleaning and hygiene supplies; further, institutions are not well equipped to contain and treat infections. The virus is shedding a bright light on the ever-present connections between institutions of incarceration and the broader public.


We support efforts to de-populate institutions of incarceration as a sound public health measure to protect the wellbeing of people behind bars-- especially for pregnant people, who are at higher risk of severe illness and death from respiratory infections. We also acknowledge decades of efforts from prison abolition movements, and that the COVID-19 responses have a different orientation.   

We recommend the following resources to learn more about COVID-19 and incarcerated people:

Prison Policy Initiative

Marshall Project

Vera Institute

National Commission on Correctional Health Care

More than 225,000 women are behind bars in the U.S.

How many are pregnant?


Find the latest updates from the ARRWIP Research Team 


  • PIPS Survey Tool: We're happy to announce that the monthly survey tool used to collect data for the Pregnancy in Prison Statistics (PIPS) Project is now posted on our website! To view and download the tool, click HERE. 


  • We've expanded our work beyond the Pregnancy in Prison Statistics project. The name of our research group is Advocacy and Research on Reproductive Wellness of Incarcerated People (ARRWIP). Please note our new social media handles on Facebook and Twitter! We're excited to continue and expand our research!

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