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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Shackling Inmates During Labor

The New York Times reported today about the practice of shackling female prisoners during labor.

An Alabama woman sustained injuries because she was chained down during labor. Critics argue that the process can endanger the health of the mothers and their babies.

Those in favor of the practice argue that the women may present a danger or a flight risk, though there has never been a reported case of a female prisoner fleeing during the process of giving birth.

"This is the perfect example of rule-following at the expense of common sense," said William F. Schulz, the executive director of Amnesty International U.S.A. "It's almost as stupid as shackling someone in a coma."

For the whole story, click here.

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