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Hawaii rates C- in prison policy survey

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii didn't fare too well in a new national survey of policies covering how mothers and expectant mothers are treated in prison.

The report, released Thursday by the National Women's Law Center and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, gave Hawaii a composite score of C-.

The state received an F for prenatal care and a D for the shackling of pregnant women during childbirth.

However, Hawaii scored an A in the third and final category for community-based alternatives to incarceration that enable mothers to be with their children.

Only one state, Pennsylvania, received a composite score of A. Wyoming, Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada, Mississippi and Maine each received an F+.

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