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ORW Participates in PIPS

ORW Participates in PIPS

The Ohio Reformatory for Women received a Certificate of Completion for being a leading participant in a 12-month survey with a national Pregnancy in Prison Statistics (PIPS) project lead by Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD Project Direct, at John Hopkins School of Medicine.  This study was the first of its kind designed to help gather health care data on incarcerated pregnant offenders.

Ohio was selected as a state to include in order to create a representative sample of prisons across the United States, both because of the size of the female population in ODRC and to ensure geographic diversity in the national sample.  The information we gather will help give ODRC a sense of its own pregnancy outcomes for women in custody, which can help understand the scope of the pregnant population, and may ultimately help identify needs and services. On a national scale, this information will establish foundations for future interventions to optimize pregnancy care for incarcerated women, and will pave the way for a national database to gather this information from all prisons and jails on a recurring basis.  



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