Hastings Women’s Law Journal


Amanda Glenn


Despite legislation and policy to prevent such things from happening, incarcerated pregnant women are still being shackled and restrained when they give birth in prison. Shackling women during childbirth creates risks for both mother and child, and is completely unnecessary to ensure the safety of prison or heath personnel. This note reviews the rules and policies in place on both the federal and state level and highlights several personal stories of women who have been restrained, even when rules prohibiting the use of shackles are on the books. This note also emphasizes the gaps in the law and suggests the change needed in order to keep this indignity from happening in the future.