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ACLU Calls for Release of Pregnant Inmates During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Sarah McCammon | NPR | May 1, 2020 

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking federal and state corrections officials to free pregnant inmates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The request comes after a South Dakota woman died of the virus in federal custody in Texas on Tuesday, just weeks after giving birth.

The pandemic has prompted corrections officials in many jurisdictions around the country to release some inmates out of concerns about overcrowded conditions and exposure to the virus behind bars.

Now, the ACLU is asking governors and President Trump to free all pregnant inmates with less than a year left on their sentences.