Berkeley County lawmaker introduces bill to prohibit inmate shackling during childbirth

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – State Rep. Nancy Mace on Thursday filed a new bill to prohibit restraints on inmates during childbirth.

The bill would only allow the South Carolina Department of Corrections use restraints only if the inmate poses some kind of threat to herself or staff, or that she presents an immediate or credible risk of escape.

That bill would also permit a newborn child to receive skin-to-skin contact and nurse immediately following birth.

Rep. Mace says, “As a state, we have no law in place to ensure an inmate is not restrained during childbirth. As proposed, this bill offers compassion for the infant both during pregnancy, labor and delivery.”

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