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Wash. bans shackling of pregnant inmates

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Women prisoners can no longer be shackled during childbirth under a new law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The bill bans the use of all restraints on inmates who are in labor or post-delivery recovery. It also limits restraints on pregnant inmates who are being transported to medical care or court proceedings while in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Gregoire signed the bill into law Tuesday, and it takes effect on June 10. Officials say Washington is the seventh state with this kind of law.

The measure was proposed after a former inmate sued the state last year, saying her constitutional rights were violated when she was shackled while in labor.

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