Bill prevents shackling of pregnant inmates during labor
February 26, 2010 ·
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that prohibits shackling of pregnant women who are incarcerated except in extraordinary circumstances.
Delegate Bonnie Brown ,
D-Kanawha, is lead sponsor of the bill .
“It has happened in other
states,” said Brown. “We modeled our bill after what some of the other states
have done on this issue.”
West Virginia Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim
Rubenstein says he already has a policy in place for state prisons but this
would extend the policy to regional jails.
“Sadly, there are some states
that shackle and handcuff the female inmates during transport and delivery,”
“Our position is that
certainly with a transport and delivery of a baby by a pregnant female inmate
that we don’t shackle and handcuff and that this policy just gives us the
authority to do that,” he added.