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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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9/27/13  11:01 am
Commenter: Elisabeth Boehm

limit the use of restraints for pregnant inmates

I just had my first child a few months ago, and just thinking about having to go through my third trimester with shackles on makes me shudder. I almost lost my balance several times as it was. Futhermore, to be in labor with any kind of restraint, or be forced to breastfeed or cuddle with my newborn with my arms restricted... I can't imagine. National correctional and medical associations, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, oppose the restraint of pregnant women because it is unnecessary and harmful to a woman and her pregnancy.  

I applaud the Board of Corrections’ approval of proposed regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. Thank you for implementing a compassionate and commonsense policy.  I urge the Board to include a strong public reporting requirement and make these proposed regulations final.



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