AJC investigates inmate care for expectant mothers
County jails can set their own policies. Prenatal, emergency, shackling guidelines cover a wide range
By Paige Cornwell
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ATLANTA — It was 4:15 a.m. when pandemonium broke out.
For hours, DeShawn Balka, 5 1/2 months pregnant, had sat on a toilet in a Clayton County jail cell, complaining of nausea and stomach pain. Her cellmates thought it was little more than a case of indigestion. Then Balka started screaming: She needed a nurse right away. Her baby was in the toilet.