Via Radical Doula, we find that as Washington state is proposed with a bill that would outlaw shackling of pregnant incarcerated women, the superintendent of Washington’s only prison that houses pregnant women contended that only about 30 percent of pregnant women are restrained:
The Superintendent at the Corrections Center for Women said pregnant inmates are not restrained during the final moments of labor.
Superintendent Douglas Cole said only about 30 percent of pregnant offenders are restrained while they’re at the hospital.
On those occasions, said Cole, the women are attached to the hospital bed with a 3-foot-long handcuff.
And this number is supposed to be appeasing how exactly?
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