Author: Taylor Walker

Pregnant Behind Bars, Part 3: When Things Go Wrong During Diversion

Diverting pregnant people from LA County’s jails is a complex process involving many moving parts and many players — including the diversion court, probation, child welfare, health care clinicians, case managers, housing providers, and the clients themselves.

In the third part of this multi-part series, our partners at WitnessLA explore some of the ways in which the process of diversion can jump the rails.

Pregnant Behind Bars, Part Two: When Housing Changes Everything

The process begins with a list of names.

Every few days, the obstetrics team inside Los Angeles County’s main women’s lockup, the Century Regional Detention Facility, sends the county’s Office of Diversion and Reentry a roster of pregnant people currently held in the facility.

The goal is to decide who qualifies for the Maternal Health Diversion Program, which diverts pregnant women away from jail and into supportive housing.

Pregnant Behind Bars, Part One: Second Chances

Women have become the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the U.S., even as overall national incarceration numbers have begun to slowly recede. Approximately 80 percent of the 2.9 million women jailed each year in the U.S. are mothers.

Los Angeles County’s Maternal Health Diversion Program disrupts the incarceration cycle by moving pregnant people out of jail cells and into supportive housing.

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