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Should Pregnant Inmates Remain Schackled During Childbirth?

Former jail inmates, who were handcuffed to hospital beds during childbirth, want to file a class action lawsuit against Cook County. The class action status would allow any woman who has given birth at the jail since December 4, 2006 to join.

Last week, Marilu Morales filed a lawsuit claiming she was shackled to a hospital bed until a doctor demanded her release, just before she gave birth. The lawsuit alleges the shackling policy towards women in labor violates the U.S. Constitution, state law, and international treaties.

A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff says deputies were following the proper protocol, and no laws were broken.

We want to know what you think. Should female inmates be shackled to their beds while they are in labor? Post your thoughts here.


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if you don't want to do the time,Don't do the crime.Right?

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