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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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2/14/12  11:23 am
Commenter: Larry

Female Priosners being shackled

There are varying levels of pregnancy and therefore if any restrictions are to be placed on Law Enforcement/Corrections personnel it shouuld be based on this fact.  A six week preganant woman can probably run farther and faster than an 8 month preganant woman.  I agree that they should not be made to wear restraints during labor, but I see no problem with restraints being used to transport said individuals in/outside of facilities for officer safety and with due care.  I have personally witnessed pregnant women who are in custody fight others, to include corrections personnel with little to no care for their unborn child. It is not bad behavior to exercise caution in the handling of pregnant women via the use of restraining devices meant to prevent escape and/or other assaultive behaviors, if done in a humane, consistent and proactive manner, whle being transported/escorted. I am for the continuing practice of restraining all criminals, unless medical reasons dictate otherwise. Being pregnant is not a suitable reason to me, but some examples would be an individual with a prosthetic limb or someone with severe burns, etc...