Brazil: motherhood behind bars
What the numbers reveal about incarcerated mothers and pregnant women.
For almost 20 years, the Instituto Terra, Trabalho e Cidadania (Land, Labour and Citizenship Institute, ITTC) has been dedicated to monitoring the condition of women who have been deprived of their freedom, mostly mothers or pregnant women. Ensured by the fundamental right to information, the Institute sent all states of the country and the National Penitentiary Department information requests on the number of mothers and pregnant women who were preventively arrested in prison units, as well as how many of them have the right to house arrest, but remain in prison.
Read ITTC’s analysis on the situation of incarcerated mother and pregnant women written by Amanda Rodrigues, Emilyn Santos, Marcela Verdade and Raissa Maia.