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Skyline - Houston, Texas

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Is this good practice for Guantanamo? Update

According to this article in truthout, most states are still shackeling their pregnant female prisoners during labor and delivery. California does not and we have what is probably the largest female prison (Chowchilla) in the country. They've never had a woman about to give birth get up and run. Note: Our law changed in January '06 so possibly more statistics are needed but I don't see it as a huge problem.

Update. According to google, Wisconsin has also changed their law and Arkansas is considering extensive modifications to theirs.

Arkansas had a Catch 22 situation. Pregnant women weren't allowed to become "trustys" because they weren't allowed to work (being pregnant and all that). Since they weren't trusty's, they had to be restrained. They're trying to fix that as well as to make more humane arrangements for women convicted of non-violent crimes, primarily drug related.

The states which still practice this inhumane treatment claim they have had instances of violence. Maybe, but it could be handled on a case to case basis, not by a sweeping one size fits all law that is tantamount to torture.

Cruel and unusual, at least to me and I've had five kids. I don't know how I would have handled being chained to a bed.


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