We are pleased that Cook County Jail has implemented vastly improved practices for pregnant women in custody. We hope that pregnant women in Illinois prisons and downstate jails will soon have the same protection.
We congratulate the brave mothers who came forward to share their traumatic and horrifying experiences to win a change in policy. We're glad that they will have some compensation for what they went through, and we're particularly happy that the settlement includes services to help them gain long-term benefit to their lives and their families. We also congratulate Tom Morrissey and Ken Flaxman, whose sustained and hard-hitting work led to this settlement.