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Department of Corrections
Board of Corrections
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
Comment Period Ends 2/29/2012
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1/31/12  3:12 pm
Commenter: Kristen Cooper, Chairwoman, 912 First Landing Patriots

HB 836

I am in favor of restricting the use of shackles on pregnant prisoners. I find it cruel and unusual punishment that putting pregnant women in shackles during delivery has been in practice in our great Commonwealth. I think it shows a lack of respect for what expectant mothers endure during childbirth. Please do the right thing and support HB 836, placing the importance of the indiviudal (mom and baby) over the state's policy that needs an overhaul, as other states that do not have such archaic regulations do not experience a higher prison escape rate.