Pregnant prisoners; prohibits use of restraints by any correctional facility. (HB836)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restraint of certain prisoners.  Prohibits a state, regional, local, or juvenile correctional facility from using restraints on any prisoner who is pregnant during labor, transport to a medical facility, delivery, or postpartum recovery unless the warden, superintendent, or jailor finds there is a compelling reason to believe that the prisoner poses serious harm to herself or others, is a flight risk, or cannot be reasonably restrained by other means. Such facility shall use the least restrictive restraints necessary on any inmate in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102750D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/18/2012Assigned MPPS sub: #2
02/09/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety