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Pregnant Inmates and Shackles

In recent years the argument against female inmates wearing shackles during childbirth has gained momentum. Only 16 of the states currently have limits on the use of shackles. We are basically the only civilized country that forces women inmates to give birth in this manner.

First of all, why? Is there a flight risk from a woman with a child hanging out of her vagina? If that didn't stop her from shooting the gap the brilliantly sharp labor pains or perhaps the few pints of blood gushing down her legs may do the trick. And what of those who get an epidural and are basically paralyzed from the waist down for hours after birth? They need shackles too?

Over 80 female inmates from Cook County Illinois brought suit against the county for atrocities occurring while shackled during child birth. The county agreed to pay 4.1 million to the women but clearly stated they did it only for expediency sake and felt they did no wrong doing and then had the balls to say that the way they treat their female inmates is the most progressive in the country. This country? He doesn't get out much.