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Thursday, July 06, 2006

State to ban inmate shackling in childbirth

The Capital Times, WI

APPLETON (AP) - State corrections officials are finishing up a written policy that would ban the shackling of pregnant inmates during childbirth.

Corrections Secretary Matt Frank had said earlier this year he would end the practice after the Post-Crescent newspaper of Appleton reported on it as part of a series about women in state prisons.

John Dipko, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said officials are finalizing the policy, which could be complete as early as this week.

The new policy would not allow restraints during labor, delivery and recovery, Dipko said. The old policy allowed them during part of labor and recovery.


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