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Board of Corrections
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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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8/12/13  8:06 pm
Commenter: Dawn Beutner

Protect pregnant female inmates and their unborn children
 

Please support these commonsense permanent regulations to ensure the safety of mothers and their children across the Commonwealth.

Restraining pregnant women is a dangerous practice that can result in injury to the mother and trauma to her child.  For example, the American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association all support limiting the use of restraints for pregnant inmates.

I commend the Board for proposing regulations limiting the use of restraints, and I strongly urge it to make these regulations final.

Thank you for your attention.

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