MORE FREEDOM: Pregnant Inmate Debate
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit the use of restraints on pregnant inmates.
A subcommittee is considering the proposal. It would prohibit the use of shackles on pregnant women, except in extreme circumstances.
Currently, women are required to wear restraints up until the 21st week of pregnancy.
The House Human Resources committee heard testimonies during Monday’s hearing.
Dan Copeland read a letter from his wife, Khrista Erdman, about being pregnant in Iowa’s prison system. His wife wrote, “Right after you give birth, you’re not going anywhere, the shackles weren’t necessary”
Corrections personnel say this is a policy issue that needs to be left up to the department. The legislation did not move forward Monday. Lawmakers say the issue needs to be studied longer.