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Mass. bill to ban shackling pregnant inmates in labor clears first major step

Posted by Lara Salahi February 19, 2014 10:50 AM

**Update** On Thursday, Feb. 20, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced an end to shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The comment came less than a week after the bill was presented to the state Legislate, and is part of a program he proposed to reduce recidivism by prison inmates by 50 percent over five years.

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Massachusetts is one step closer to banning the practice of handcuffing pregnant inmates while they're in labor. The legislation, known as the “anti-shackling bill,” would prohibit shackling pregnant women during and immediately after childbirth. After a decade of its existence, the bill was cleared Friday through the Massachusetts Legislature.

It’s a step in the right direction for the state, and it’s about time.

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Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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