About 2,000 prisoners in American correctional facilities give birth each year. The issue of shackling pregnant inmates during and after labor raises a broader concern about excessively punitive aspects of prison culture.
- Democratic and Republican politicians alike have pushed for anti-shackling legislation.
- Doctors have called shackling a threat to the health of both mother and child.
- Criminologists have deemed it unnecessary; as it appears that no unshackled pregnant inmate has ever escaped during labor.
Quoting and Photo Source: “In Labor, in Chains” by Audrey Quinn
See also: “Shackled During Childbirth” by Sadhbh Walshe
“Childbirth in Chains” by Colleen Mastony
“Should a Woman Be Shackled While Giving Birth? Most States Think So.” by Cristina Costantini
“Bill To Stop The Shackling Of Pregnant Inmates Introduced By D.C. Lawmaker” by Arin Greenwood