Senate Committee Hears Bill to Ban Shackling

This week the Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee  heard a bill that would ban shackling for women offenders in later term pregnancy and postpartum. SB 180, sponsored by Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), was written in response to a lawsuit in Missouri in which a female offender delivered a stillborn baby after being in preterm labor for days and transported hours in shackles. In addition to banning restraints, except under “extraordinary” circumstances, the bill requires the Department of Corrections to develop protocols for the transportation and treatment of pregnant and postpartum women.

The MCC joined a host of other organizations including Campaign Life Missouri, the March of Dimes and the ACLU in supporting the bill. The committee took no action on the bill.