The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

Miriam Zoila Pérez writing for Colorlines:”Women who are locked up when they give birth often end up delivering at local hospitals, transported by prison guards who ultimately decide when and if a woman will be shackled. During transport, in the vehicle, walking through the hospital and even in the delivery room, some women are shackled by their legs and/or arms. While statistics on how many women are shackled during labor is not available, we do know that in 2007, an estimated 2,200 pregnant women were incarcerated and more than 1,300 babies were born in prison, according to the Rebecca Project. Few people will defend the practice publicly, and lawyers and doctors alike have condemned it as unsafe.”