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Poor Black Women Are Targets of Laws Punishing Pregnant Addicts | breakingbrown.com

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poorIn an effort to put more black men in cages, cities are banning saggy pants. This gives officers a reason to stop youth wearing saggy pants and fine them as well profile and harass them. But those who are desirous of seeing more low income minority women behind bars are enacting a different strategy; targeting women who are addicts.

As science has proven, addiction is a disease which is best cured with treatment programs. Some states, however, are enacting laws that criminalize addiction when a woman is pregnant.

That is how Regina McNight, an African-American woman in South Carolina, ended up behind bars for the homicide of her child, after the child was stillborn.

Because McNight had used cocaine during her pregnancy, she was sentenced to 12 years behind bars in 2008, a sentence that was eventually overturned because McNight had ineffective counsel. In total, she spent eight years in prison.

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