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Idaho Looks To Ban Restraint Of Inmates In Labor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho lawmaker wants to prohibit the restraint of female prisoners during child birth to protect the state from potential litigation.

Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, says a dozen other states are considering similar legislation this year in the wake of a 2009 ruling in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court sided with
an Arkansas woman who sued the state prison system after she was shackled during labor, saying she suffered lasting hip and back injuries.

Inmates have lawsuits pending in several states. Hannah Brass with the ACLU of Idaho told lawmakers Monday that 10 states have already banned the shackling of prisoners giving
birth.

McGeachin's bill has cleared the House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee. It now goes to the full House.

      
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