NC Bill Barring Shackles On Pregnant Inmates Gets Final OK

Aug 31, 2021

North Carolina prisons and jails would be prohibited from holding pregnant women with handcuffs and shackles in legislation given final General Assembly approval. The House voted unanimously on Tuesday for the bill, as the Senate did last week.  It now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper. The bill would largely bar using physical restraints on women during their second and third trimesters, during labor and for several weeks after delivery. It also aims to help inmates and prisoners deliver healthy babies and build bonds with their newborns while incarcerated. Shackling pregnant women is already barred by state prison policy.