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Sat Apr 17, 2021, 04:52 PM

Mississippi law will ban shackling inmates during childbirth

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will join a growing number of states and the federal government in banning the use of restraints on women giving birth in a jail or prison.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday signed House Bill 196, the “Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.” It becomes law July 1.

It says pregnant inmates must be provided proper nutrition and dietary supplements, and they may not be assigned to upper-level bunk beds.

It also says an incarcerated mother may keep her newborn with her for up to three days. The current policy is for the baby to be taken out of the jail or prison immediately.

Read more: https://www.wlbt.com/2021/04/16/mississippi-law-will-ban-shackling-inmates-during-childbirth/

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Reply Mississippi law will ban shackling inmates during childbirth (Original post)
TexasTowelie Apr 2021 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2021 #1
MyOwnPeace Apr 2021 #2
TreasonousBastard Apr 2021 #3
Glorfindel Apr 2021 #4
Jilly_in_VA Apr 2021 #5
TreasonousBastard Apr 2021 #6
Jilly_in_VA Apr 2021 #8
sheshe2 Apr 2021 #7

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 04:55 PM

1. Oh, what a great ruling for these women and their newborn babies! n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 04:57 PM

2. Boy, doesn't that just warm your heart......

such compassion, such care......

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 04:59 PM

3. They need a law for that?

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:08 PM

4. It's Mississippi

Surprised they don't penalize the women for smuggling contraband into the prison (the baby, I mean)

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:29 PM

5. Actually they do

Not only in Mississhitty, but in a lot of other states where it is or was common practice. A friend of my daughter's was convicted of a non-violent crime in Tennessee (she had a crappy court-appointed attorney) and was shackled during a C-SECTION for twins, FFS!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:32 PM

6. Disgraceful. Security may be important at times, but health is paramount. And WTF...

is a woman in childbirth going to do?

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 06:00 PM

8. Especially

one who is having a C-section. Geez. I was so pissed when I heard about that! Of course the babies were taken away immediately.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Apr 17, 2021, 05:45 PM

7. How humane of them.

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