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Carolyn Sufrin

Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

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Sufrin’s research interests focus on the intersection of the politics of reproduction and mass incarceration. Sufrin started a women’s health clinic at the San Francisco County Jail that continues to provide gynecologic and obstetric care to female inmates. She also serves on the board of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Sufrin is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and serves on the organization’s Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women.  She has served as a technical advisor on local and federal legislation prohibiting the use of restraints on pregnant incarcerated women, as well as on other reproductive health policy interventions affecting this group of women.

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Carolyn Sufrin quoted on health care delivery and US prison policy by Mona Chalabi, "North Carolina Ends Shackling of Inmates during Childbirth" The Guardian, March 28, 2018.
Carolyn Sufrin quoted on treatment of pregnant inmates by Lauren Hotler, "Treatment Of Pregnant Inmates Just Got (Marginally) Better in North Carolina" Bustle, March 28, 2018.
"It's 2017, and Most States Still Allow Shackling of Prisoners During Labor and Delivery," Carolyn Sufrin, Interview with Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, August 5, 2017.
Interview on women's healthcare in jail Carolyn Sufrin, Rewire, June 2, 2017.
Carolyn Sufrin's research on reproductive health care for women in jail discussed by Vice News, May 16, 2017.
Carolyn Sufrin quoted on issues with abortion procedures in prison by Renee Bracey Sherman, "It Shouldn’t Take a Superhero to Access Abortion Care in Prison, but in ‘Jessica Jones’ It Does" RH Reality Check, December 18, 2015.
Carolyn Sufrin quoted on incarcerated pregnant women by Simone Weichselbaum, "Could Virtual OBGYN Services Help Stop Miscarriages? One Arkansas Jail Hopes So" The Marshall Project, , December 10, 2015.
"Helping Women and Girls in Prison," Carolyn Sufrin, New York Times, December 10, 2015.
Carolyn Sufrin quoted on medical risks of restraining pregnant women by Jennifer Abbey, "Pregnant Inmate Sues after Being Forced to Wear Shackles during Labor" ABC News, June 29, 2012.
"End Practice of Shackling Pregnant Inmates," Carolyn Sufrin, San Francisco Chronicle, August 26, 2010.