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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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8/22/13  12:16 pm
Commenter: Elizabeth Stanford. RN, MPH

Restraint of Female Prisoners During Labor, Delivery, and Post-Partum Care


  • It is cruel and unusual punishment to restrain a pregnant woman during labor and delivery.  Restraining a woman during labor demonstrates a deliberate indifference to an inmate’s serious medical needs, and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, running counter to long-established Supreme Court precedent protecting prisoners’ constitutional rights.
Little more needs to be said other than that restraining a woman during labor, deliver, and the post-partum period endangers both the mother and the child.


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