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Washington State: Only 30% of incarcerated women are shackled during labor

The Superintendent of the Corrections Center for Women (the only one in WA state that houses pregnant women) said 30% of women are shackled during labor in a recent MSNBC article.

Only 30%?! Wow, how nice of them.

Bills have been introduced in the Washington State House and Senate that would outlaw the inhumane practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women during labor and delivery. The laws would prevent the use of any types of restraints on pregnant women who are incarcerated.

Let’s hope this law passes, so 30% can become zero.

Thanks to Peggy at Open Arms for the heads up!

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2 Responses to Washington State: Only 30% of incarcerated women are shackled during labor

  1. [...] for Women“ in Washington State lässt „nur“ 30% der schwangeren inhaftierten Frauen gefesselt ihr Kind zur Welt bringen. Na [...]

  2. [...] Via Radical Doula, we find that as Washington state is proposed with a bill that would outlaw shackling of pregnant incarcerated women, the superintendent of Washington’s only prison that houses pregnant women contended that only about 30 percent of pregnant women are restrained: The Superintendent at the Corrections Center for Women said pregnant inmates are not restrained during the final moments of labor. Superintendent Douglas Cole said only about 30 percent of pregnant offenders are restrained while they’re at the hospital. On those occasions, said Cole, the women are attached to the hospital bed with a 3-foot-long handcuff. [...]

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