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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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8/5/13  8:12 am
Commenter: Ginge Sivigny

Shackling Pregnant Women Degrades the State as Well as the Women

I urge the Board of Correction to adopt these new regulations as soon as possible and to do everything in its power to ensure that they are promptly implemented at all of the State's correctional facilities.  Shackling women during labor, before and afterward denies the basic human dignity of mother and child.  Such actions have no place in a system of "justice". 

 Please move forward with these new rules.

Ginge Sivigny

Burke, VA

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