How pregnant women are treated in jail

12:50 AM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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Sarah Knysz - arraignment 9/11/13

GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) -- Attorneys talk about how pregnant women are treated in the prison system, after the pregnant wife of the man who killed the state trooper is charged.

Eric Knysz's wife Sarah is facing two felony charges in the death of trooper Butterfield. Sarah Knysz is charged with two felonies, one charge for allegedly helping her husband leave Mason County after killing the trooper, and the other for driving a stolen car.

But attorneys tell us, traditionally judges do not have sympathy on pregnant women during sentencing and neither do juries.
And pregnancy is not uncommon in jail.

The prisoners do not get special treatment, they are treated like someone who has a medical condition and may need a special diet.

But Cooley Law Professor Kurt Benson says, if Knysz is convicted, when she goes to jail could change. The judge could wait to send her to jail until after the baby is born to save money and manpower at the jail.

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