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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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7/31/13  12:22 am
Commenter: Rebecca Jaramillo, Virginia Citizen

Restraints for Pregnant Prisoners are barbaric and should be discontinued.

As the spouse of a US Diplomat, I have lived all over the world and proudly represented our country on many offical and unoffical occasions. It was always a pleasure to know that I was from a country that had some of the highest ideals in the world. However, I have to admit that I was shocked, yes, incredibly shocked, when I learned of the practice of shackling pregnant prisonors as they were giving birth.

I can imagine this happening in some of the Developing Countries we served in -- or reading about it in a history book -- but it is unfathomable that it is happening in modern-day Virginia. This must end. The United States must not treat women giving birth like animals. A child is a precious thing -- and a mother -- even if she has comitted a crime has the right to dignity as she brings a new life into the world. Thank you; I hope you will consider my comment seriously.

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