ARRWIP is a group of researchers out of Johns Hopkins University who are examining the intersections of reproductive wellbeing, reproductive justice and the criminal legal system.
ARRWIP is led by Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, an obstetrician-gynecologist, medical anthropologist, advocate, and author of Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars. She has been working on reproductive health issues among incarcerated people since 2006.
Our goal is to create opportunities to improve reproductive wellbeing for people in custody or otherwise affected by the criminal legal system-- including alternatives to incarceration. The ARRWIP team routinely collaborates with formerly incarcerated people to inform the research approach and data collection tools.
ARRWIP started with the PIPS project but has expanded to research projects looking at how to provide medication-assisted treatment to women with opioid use disorder in jails and other ongoing reproductive health studies on pregnancy decision making and birth control access in places of confinement.