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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Corrections
State Board of Local and Regional Jails
Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups [6 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
Action Amend Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups to add requirements on restraint of pregnant offenders
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 9/27/2013
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7/30/13  10:39 am
Commenter: Werner A. Lind

End use of restraints on inmates during labor and delivery

I am writing to support the proposed ban on subjecting female inmates to restraints while they're undergoing labor and delivery of a baby.  It's ridiculous to imagine that a woman in labor is going to try to escape from a delivery room unless she's handcuffed or otherwise shackled.  The use of these types of restraints is an indignity, unnecessarily uncomfortable for the mother, and potentially a medical hazard for both her and the baby.  It's past time to do away with this practice.

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