US Women Shackled During Childbirth

Posted On: January 20, 2010

Across the USA, women prisoners have been chained while giving birth to prevent them from escaping, but some states are abandoning the practice in all but exceptional circumstances.

One woman who later had her charges dropped said during delivery, her arms were crossed and her wrists were chained with a lock box. Her ankles were shackled together with leg-irons. Only when she had an emergency caesarean section did the chains come off. They were replaced immediately after the operation, to prevent her from escaping. The leg-irons closed in on her ankles, cutting into her flesh until she was bleeding.

This is disturbing. Sure the prison guards don’t want to risk losing their jobs but where is the humanity in all this?


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