No more chains for pregnant prisoners

by on April 16th, 2004

(AP) Pregnant state prisoners will no longer be shackled while they are in labor under a new state Department of Correction policy.

Women considered risky will be held with soft restraints and all other prisoners will be under a guard’s supervision. The department reached the compromise after meeting with legislators and inmate advocates this week.

The changes follow a complaint by an inmate who gave birth and said she was shackled during much of her labor and chained again shortly after she had her baby.

Etalkinghead Staff