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Department of Corrections
Board of Corrections
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  2:53 pm
Commenter: Frank Blechman

Restraint of Prisoners in Virginia, Adopt new Rules

Reading about policies in Virginia prisons I wonder if correction officials have completely lost track of what we are trying to accomplish by temporarily isolating individuals from society.  As I understand the theory, we have two goals:

1.  Prevent harm to others

2.  Provide the individual opportunities to find more productive ways to live their life.

A general principle of restraining pregnant inmates seems to me to serve neither of these goals.  New rules should make restraint a rare exception to the norm.  I commend the Officials who have proposed new more humane rules.  I urge their adoption.

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