End the Use of Shackles on Pregnant Women

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Ask Governor Brown to sign AB2530, a bill that will end the barbaric practice of shackling pregnant women held in California prisons and jails.

AB 2530 will strengthen protections on the use of restraints on pregnant women in correctional facilities. Two prior versions of this bill passed both houses of the legislature without a single “no” vote. Last year, under pressure from the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) and both Alameda and Sonoma County sheriffs’ departments, Governor Brown vetoed the bill.

AB 2530 addresses Governor Brown’s veto by clarifying language and prohibiting the most dangerous forms of shackling.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) opposes the use of shackles on pregnant women in all but the most extreme circumstances. Pregnant women in correctional facilities are more likely to experience miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight infants, and potentially fatal conditions like preeclampsia. Excessive shackling could not only increase stress and lead to further complications, but also render doctors unable to treat women in emergency situations. AB 2530 provides medical professionals the authority to have restraints removed in order to treat pregnant inmates.

Questions? Contact Karen Shain - Policy Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.