Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type



Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

Director of Thesis

Deborah Billings, PhD

Second Reader

Kathryn Luchok, PhD


Women in jail, which is currently a growing population, are at risk of unplanned pregnancy due to their potential exposure to alcohol and drug use, history of living in an abusive environment, and potential practice of prostitution(Clarke et al., 2012; Clarke et al., 2006; Kelly, 2012). The majority of female inmates are between the ages of 17-30, the peak reproductive age, which increases the importance of jails providing education to improve inmates’ reproductive health (Hale et al., 2009). Many females arrested will be released from jail back into society, making jails an opportune place to provide information to improve the knowledge of incarcerated females about reproductive healthcare so they are better equipped to make personal reproductive choices upon release from jail (Larochelle et al., 2012). The goal of this project was to create an educational curriculum that can be used in jails to educate women about contraception. A survey was developed and administered to female inmates at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, South Carolina to shape the curriculum’s information to better meet the needs and desires of these women. The topics that were selected as most helpful to learn about include “Where and how to access birth control” and “Different types of birth control.” Based on the survey responses, the curriculum focuses on the methods of contraception, the location of low/no-cost clinics, and online resources about birth control and Medicaid, so they are better prepared to access contraception upon their release from jail, if they desire.

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