Pregnant Cook Co. inmates getting jail section

December 10, 2010 4:21:35 AM PST
The number of expectant mothers behind bars is growing, and pregnant inmates will now be housed in a special area at Cook County Jail. Sheriff Tom Dart unveiled the new area Thursday afternoon.

It is staffed by correctional officers as well at medical personnel, case managers, counselors and mental health professionals.

Dart says this is a way to ensure the women deliver healthy babies while helping them to understand how their decisions impact their children.

"We hope in doing this, we'll further our mission, which we believe is not just to incarcerate people here, but to try to make it so that when they leave here, they're better off than when they came in here," said Dart.

Dart says that 14 out of the 800 women currently being held at the Cook County Jail are pregnant.


Load Comments