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Old 01-20-2006, 01:43 PM
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Default State halts shackling of inmates in childbirth (WI)


(Jan. 19, 2006)
MADISON — Prison guards in Wisconsin will no longer shackle inmates during childbirth, a practice The Post-Crescent brought to light this week.

Part 3: Treatment of female prisoners in forefront
(Jan. 17, 2006)
After five months worrying about his pregnant wife serving time at Taycheedah Correctional Institution, Steven Erato was resigned to the fact he could not be there for his daughter's birth.

Part 2: Prison visits provide reprieve for moms (Jan. 16, 2006)

Part 1: Policy keeps shackles on during labor (Jan. 15, 2006)

Part 1: Ranks of women in Wisconsin's prisons grow (Jan. 15, 2006)

Policy keeps shackles on during labor
Wendy Harris
Post-Crescent staff writer

Of all the state's prison policies, the gender-neutral requirement of
restraining prisoners who must go to a community hospital or clinic for care
has ramifications unique to the pregnant, female offender: she labors in leg

Samantha Luther, who entered Taycheedah Correctional Institution pregnant
last March, knew what to expect. But her baby's birthday came without
warning. On the morning of Sept. 6, Luther, 38 weeks pregnant, was awakened
by a guard and told to "get ready for her doctor's appointment," said
Luther, who grew up in Menasha.

Wearing customary handcuffs and leg shackles, she was escorted under a
guard's watch to Fond du Lac's St. Agnes Hospital's fourth floor -- labor
and delivery -- not the doctor's office where she had been going for
prenatal checkups.
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