Protect incarcerated women from shackling!

Even though Massachusetts enacted a law two years ago to protect incarcerated women from the risks of shackling, our new report exposes several problems:

  • Breaking-Promises-coverWomen are still being handcuffed in labor, restrained to the hospital bed after giving birth, and shackled at the ankles and around the waist during postpartum recovery
  • Women are still being driven in vehicles without seatbelts to keep them safe during pregnancy and postpartum recovery
  • Knowledge of the law varies not just from one prison or jail to another, but among corrections personnel who work for the same prison or jail

H.3679, “An Act to Ensure Compliance with the Anti-Shackling Law for Pregnant Incarcerated Women,” addresses these problems by requiring training of corrections personnel and adding oversight.

Call your Representative today! Let them know you support the bill and want the House to vote on H.3679 soon!

Find your Representative here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

If you know your rep’s name, you can call the State House operator at 617-722-2000

Thank you for standing with people behind prison and jail walls.

Massachusetts Anti-Shackling Coalition

  • ACLU of Massachusetts
  • American Friends Service Committee Healing Justice Program, New England, Northeast Regional Office
  • Black and Pink
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
  • Casa Myrna
  • Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
  • Families for Justice as Healing
  • EMIT (End Mass Incarceration Together)
  • Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
  • Law Offices of Howard Friedman
  • Massachusetts Section – American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Mass NOW (Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women)
  • Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
  • National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter
  • National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts
  • Prison Birth Project
  • Prison Policy Initiative
  • Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts
  • Real Cost of Prisons Project
  • Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network
  • Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry