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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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7/29/13  1:41 pm
Commenter: James K Disney

Limit restraints on Women at time of delivery.

I am concerned about the woman, the child and those attending to the birth of the child. The shackling of a woman in labor appears to be overreach on the part of the Department of Corrections. There must have been incidents that led to the passing of laws that allow shackling. On the other hand there must be other ways of dealing with the woman other than shackling. I would like to thank the correction officials for what is so often a thankless job, but would encourage preparations that would make shackling a procedure that is no longer practiced in Virginia. Thank you.PR

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