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The Breach—’We Don’t Heal from It.’
Episode One: Investigating Big Horn County

When Montana county prosecutor Jay Harris announced he was going to seek protective orders for fetuses against pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, it made international news. So why doesn’t anybody know that more than a dozen Native women have been criminally charged for the same behavior just a few hours away?

Join host Lindsay Beyerstein for a completely new investigative season of The Breach exploring one central question: What happens when drug use during pregnancy becomes a felony? Hear from experts, locals, officials, and a woman from the jail in which she was held under a law that few people even knew existeduntil now.

This is Episode One. Click here for the full series.

Transcript (PDF)


Lindsay Beyerstein: Creator/Writer/Host
Nora Hurley: Producer
Mary Annette Pember: Editorial Advisor
Laura Huss: Research Director
Marc Faletti: Executive & Supervising Producer
Douglas Helsel: Original Music Composer & Performer/Sound Designer
Jo Constantz: Fact Checker
Additional Research and Production by Lauren Caton, Lauryn Gutierrez, and Saskia Hennecke