Bill would prevent shackling of pregnant inmates

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Corrections officials would be prohibited from using leg or wrist shackles on pregnant inmates when they are in labor or have just given birth under a bill headed to the California governor‘s desk.

The state Assembly unanimously approved AB2530 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of San Diego prohibits using leg irons, wrist chains or handcuffs behind the body on women who are in labor or in transit to a hospital while in labor, as well as after they give birth.

California law already says women in those circumstances should be transported in the “least restrictive way possible” while ensuring safety, and that shackles should not be used once a doctor declares a woman is in labor.

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