US lawmakers want to ban shackling pregnant inmates because somehow that’s still legal


US lawmakers want to ban shackling pregnant inmates because somehow that’s still legal

The population of women in US prisons has skyrocketed in the past three decades. The criminal-justice system, designed to hold men, is struggling to keep up—harming some of its most vulnerable inmates in the process.
Conditions for women in American prisons are so inhumane that several Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would provide incarcerated women with some very basic rights: access to free tampons and sanitary pads, and a ban on shackling or placing pregnant women in solitary confinement. The bill would also mandate that prisons ensure victims of trauma get the appropriate treatment.
Many states already prohibit …

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