Bill Proposed To Protect Pregnant Inmates

A Missouri lawmaker has introduced a bill that would address the issue of pregnant inmates being shackled during labor.

The bill would ban a state correctional center or a jail from using restraints on a woman in the third trimester of pregnancy while receiving medical care.

The bill would also provide policies for the care of pregnant inmates including mental health evaluations, substance abuse treatment, dietary supplements and postpartum recovery.

The bill was filed by Democratic Senator Jamilah Nasheed in response to the American Civil Liberties Union suing Jackson County on behalf of Megon Riedel who was shackled during labor.

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