By Shira Schoenberg
May 16, 2016
Two years ago, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law banning the shackling of prison inmates who are in labor, in their second or third trimester of pregnancy or post-delivery.
But today, pregnant women are still being shackled, contrary to the law, according to a study released Monday by advocates for female prisoners.
The report also found fault with the level of pregnancy-related health care and nutritional care given to some prisoners.
The report concludes that the new law must be better enforced, and corrections officials must be better trained.