Pregnant inmates still being shackled in Massachusetts, report finds

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.

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Read the full report here.