On Saturday, February 25th, Changed Choices hosted a showing and discussion of Tutwiler. The film shares a behind the scenes look at the Julia Tutwiler Prison, the only women’s prison in Alabama. Approximately 40-50 pregnant women are serving their sentence at the facility each year. The film explores helping expectant and new mothers learn childbirth and parenting skills while dealing with the pain of being separated from their children.
Our post viewing discussion centered around what North Carolina does for pregnant incarcerated women. In 2021, The Dignity Act passed, and provides clear guidance on the treatment and additional services pregnant women should be provided.