Prohibition on Shackling of Pregnant Offenders Passes

With just two days left in the session, SB 870, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby), was truly agreed and finally passed. SB 870 modifies several provisions relating to emergency services and prohibits the shackling of pregnant and postpartum inmates in correctional centers.

Under the bill, physical restraints are prohibited from being used during the third trimester of pregnancy when the inmate is being transported, attends medical appointments, during labor and 48 hours post-delivery, unless extraordinary circumstances exist. The bill further states that when restraints are used, they must be the least restrictive and reasonable under the circumstances. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature.