Birth in Chains: The Shackling of Incarcerated Women During Labor and Delivery


To date, 46 states have no legislation that restricts the
shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers, leaving
the practice to the discretion of individual facilities. Illinois, California,
Vermont, and New Mexico prohibit it entirely, though, but as a Cook County case
reveals, implementation of anti-shackling policy can be patchy.

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