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Prisons try a little tenderness.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons revised its policy last October to prohibit the shackling of pregnant women in federal prisons. It has been common practice to keep women bound during transport, labor and even delivery, sometimes allowing only 18 inches between a woman's ankles as she tries to give birth to a baby. The Bureau of Justice took an important first step, but this policy will have no bearing on state and local jails. Only three states explicitly prohibit this practice.

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Title Annotation:RANTS & RAVES
Author:Hing, Julianne Ong
Publication:Colorlines Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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