In New Jersey, pregnant inmates may be restrained while giving birth and immediately afterwards. This practice has been described by the American Medical Association as "barbaric, medically hazardous and dehumanizing."
Receiving compassionate care is an important part of rehabilitation and criminal justice reform, especially given that many women aren't violent offenders.
Bill A-2186 would allow for female inmates to remain unrestrained during labor and delivery as well as immediately after giving birth.
This is an issue of human dignity. Contact your New Jersey lawmakers to ask that they support this legislation.