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Lawsuit Involving Pregnant Inmates in Solitary Confinement Settled

Pregnant inmates at the Allegheny County Jail will no longer be held in solitary confinement for minor, non-violent infractions.

That is the result of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by five women were were put in solitary while they were pregnant and inmates at the jail.

Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, says the issue of solitary confinement has been coming under examination in recent years


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Grote says some of the plaintiffs in the suit were held in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day, from 6 to 22 days at a time, and were often restricted in their basic hygiene needs.

 

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