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Essential Pittsburgh

    • Women's Healthcare in Prison

      27-year-old Amy Lynn Gillespie was sent to Allegheny County Jail in 2010 for having sex and becoming pregnant, a violation of her parole. In jail, she caught pneumonia. The illness was misdiagnosed and improperly treated. Both Amy and her fetus died. Robert N. Peirce, the attorney who represents Amy Lynn Gillespie's family, talks about how this happened to a woman who was originally jailed for retail theft.

    • Locked Up: Healthcare Policies for PA Jails

      The American Civil Liberties Union recently released a study of Pennsylvania’s jail healthcare policies, and found that county-run lockups are not meeting the reproductive needs of women. Carol Petraitis, Director of the Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project talks about that report and what needs to be addressed.

    • New Voices on Women's Healthcare in Prison

      La'Tasha Mayes, Executive Director of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, has spent two years trying to give a voice to incarcerated women and their families when it comes to their healthcare needs. She'll talk about Pennsylvania’s jail policies for women's healthcare.