Bill Preventing Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled Advances

A bill that would ban the practice of shackling pregnant inmates has advanced in the Nebraska legislature. If it becomes law, LB 690 would only allow exceptions in extraordinary circumstances or if a medical professional does not object.

State Senator Machaela Cavanaugh, who introduced the bill, says the restraints can harm women and their babies, especially if they are used anytime during the birthing process.

She says there has been no report of a pregnant, unshackled woman trying to escape while giving birth.

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