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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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2/29/12  7:43 pm
Commenter: Janice Luth MD

Shackling of pregnant women

Shackling of any prisoners should be done only in the direst of circumstances, but particularly pregnant women are susceptible to edema and lifethreatening pulmonary emboli (blood clots). The use of shackles during childbirth is unconscionable in a civilized society and should never be done even under dire circumstances. If a woman in labor escapes, how far could she possibly get?!