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Pregnant–Locked Up

  It is just common sense to keep pregnant women out of jail, who are waiting for their court date. Jails, unlike prisons, hold defendants waiting for their day in court, or defendants sentenced to less than 12 months for misdemeanors (minor charges). A bill to protect pregnant inmates was borne (bad pun) in Cook […]

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Labor & Birth, in Prison– “Orange is the New Black”

  Daya Diaz, one of the main characters in the hit series, “Orange is the New Black,” is pregnant. As an inmate, Daya’s experience giving birth, will be far different from pregnant women in the outside world. While giving birth, many pregnant inmates are shackled during labor and post delivery recuperation. During the last fifteen […]

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Pregnant Inmates Shackled During Labor

  During the last fifteen years, only twenty one states have enacted regulations restricting shackling during labor and post-delivery recuperation. The American Medical Association in a 2010 resolution called the practice of shackling pregnant inmates unsafe, medically dangerous, and “barbaric.” Many physicians and nurses assert that shackling pregnant inmates during any stage of the pregnancy […]

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33 States Allow Shackling of Pregnant Inmates During Labor

33 out of 50 is a failing grade for the United States. The American Medical Association in a 2010 resolution called the practice of shackling pregnant inmates unsafe, medically dangerous, and “barbaric.” Many physicians and nurses assert that shackling pregnant inmates during any stage of the pregnancy is damaging to the pregnant mothers and their […]

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