Convening on Pregnancy in Correctional Settings

"We need to shift the weight from a criminal justice system driven by perpetual punishment and dehumanization to one rooted in healing; accountability; transformation, and the recognition of each person’s inherent dignity and right to reach their full potential”

-Keynote Speaker Miyhosi Benton

On December 10, 2017, from 11 am - 5 pm 72 people from across the country joined together to discuss how incarceration impacts pregnant people.


Opening Remarks

Carolyn Sufrin



We Testify Storyteller


Miyhosi Benton


PIPS Data and its Uses

Carolyn Sufrin


Networking Lunch Break


Update on “No Shackling Convening” and Incarcerated Pregnant Persons Bill of Rights

Harriette Davis

Ellen Barry


Doula and Breastfeeding Support Programs in Prisons and Jails

Moderated by Monica McLemore

Kenzie Johnson

Erica Gerrity

Maria Ramos Bracamontes


Breakout discussion sessions to develop Policy Recommendations and Best Practices for the Care of Incarcerated Pregnant Patients


Closing Remarks

Alisha Coleman

Pregnancy in Correctional Settings Committee Members

Harriette Davis, Family Unity Project Coordinator, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Gretchen Retka, Collective Wings Perinatal Project 

And Others


Society of Family Planning

Association of Justice Involved Females and Organizations

University of Minnesota Center of Excellence in MCH in Education, Science and Practice (Centers of Excellence)

Innovating Education in Reproductive Health, a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

ACLU of Northern California

Office of the Provost, Johns Hopkins University