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Mass. bill to ban shackling pregnant inmates in labor clears first major step

Posted by Lara Salahi February 19, 2014 10:50 AM

**Update** On Thursday, Feb. 20, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced an end to shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The comment came less than a week after the bill was presented to the state Legislate, and is part of a program he proposed to reduce recidivism by prison inmates by 50 percent over five years.


Massachusetts is one step closer to banning the practice of handcuffing pregnant inmates while they're in labor. The legislation, known as the “anti-shackling bill,” would prohibit shackling pregnant women during and immediately after childbirth. After a decade of its existence, the bill was cleared Friday through the Massachusetts Legislature.

It’s a step in the right direction for the state, and it’s about time.


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Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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