Study: About 4 percent of women are pregnant when jailed

A new study has found that about 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons were pregnant when they were jailed

WASHINGTON -- A new study has found that about 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons were pregnant when they were jailed.

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher Dr. Carolyn Sufrin collected data from 22 state prison systems and the federal prison system over a yearlong period. Her research found there were 1,396 pregnant women incarcerated, with the majority in state prisons. The researchers reported 753 live births, 46 miscarriages, 11 abortions and three newborn deaths. No women died during childbirth.

Sufrin is publishing the results in the American Journal of Public Health.