Pennsylvania court: Judge right to keep pregnant addict in prison

October 13th, 2017 4:17 pm

HARRISBURG (AP) — An appeals court says a Pennsylvania judge was justified in denying parole to a pregnant addict to safeguard her unborn child from her drug abuse.

A Superior Court panel this week agreed that Lehigh County Judge James Anthony was right to deny parole to Britnee Becker last year.

The 28-year-old Catasaqua woman had argued the judge discriminated against her because she was pregnant by denying her parole after she finished her minimum jail sentence on a theft-case probation violation.

But the appeals court says the judge was right to consider Becker’s unborn child, especially since Becker acknowledged using heroin when she was five months’ pregnant. She was arrested for the violation in May 2016.

The court says that denying Becker parole “ensured Becker could not use heroin and harm her unborn child.”

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