|This week the House Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee adopted a new amendment regarding the shackling of pregnant women in SB 618. The original amendment, offered in the Senate, banned shackling for women in the second and third trimesters, women in labor, and postpartum. Under “extreme circumstances” the medical professional could have the restraints placed on. Documentation would need to be kept by the medical professional. With the new amendment, the decision to use shackles in “extreme circumstances” would be made by the attending corrections officer who would then document the incident.
The MCC supports the amendment as a way to protect unborn children and their mothers. The bill awaits placement on the House calendar for debate.