Assembly Bill 568 (Skinner) would limit the use of shackles on incarcerated pregnant women to the least restrictive restraints possible.
Translation: It would end the use of belly chains, leg irons, ankle restraints and other barbaric shackling devices that are used on pregnant women in jails and prisons across our state. Yes, shackles reminiscent of slavery are still being used on pregnant women as far long as 8 ½ months.
As medical professionals, human rights advocates, formerly incarcerated people and every day folks began calling attention to this barbaric practice, it is has become increasingly difficult to defend
There's an organized effort by the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) to convince Governor Brown to kill this bill.
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