Senate Passes Legislation Protecting the Health of Pregnant Offenders

(Ohio) – A bill currently making its way through the Ohio Statehouse would stop pregnant inmates from being shackled when giving birth.

Senate Bill 18 would “prohibit restraining or confining a woman or child who is a charged, convicted, or adjudicated criminal offender or delinquent child at certain points during pregnancy or postpartum recovery.”

Additionally if passed, the bill would prevent law enforcement from placing women or children in solitary confinement in an enclosed space.

The Senate released a press release indicating evidence that shows physical restraints are dangerous to both mothers and their developing babies after the second trimester in addition to labor and delivery. However, the bill indicates exceptions in which a woman presents a serious threat of flight risk.

The bill passed unanimously by the state Senate and is now in the Ohio House for consideration.


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