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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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8/12/13  11:08 pm
Commenter: Mary Weaver Mann

Think of the innocent baby!

-        Restraining pregnant women before and during labor and delivery is inhumane.  Restraints increase the risk of accidentally tripping and falling and harming the pregnancy.

I was restrained 39 years ago in a hospital.  It WAS inhumane.  It was DANGEROUS to me and my baby. Thank God that all went well despite it, but I was a very prepared mother, excited to have my baby.  Surely there are many emotions going through the minds of these mothers.  Help the baby by helping the mother do the best she can. It's NOT the BABY's fault she's there!
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