CA LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO AS PART OF CAMPAIGN TO END SHACKLING OF PREGNANT WOMEN
It’s time for New York to end shackling!
As advocates band together to end the barbaric practice of shackling incarcerated pregnant women in New York State, the Women in Prison Project (WIPP) and the Coalition for Women Prisoners are working with allies across the state to urge Governor Cuomo to sign the 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill. To that end, their Campaign to End Reproductive Injustice, which seeks meaningful reforms and improvements in health care for women who are incarcerated, released a new video on December 9 entitled, “It’s Time for New York to End Shackling.”
Highlighting the stories of women who have experienced the barbaric practice throughout their pregnancies, the video is a powerful portrayal of the pain, humiliation, threat to the health and safety of both mother and child, and utter lack of respect for human dignity that women who are shackled experience at the hands of prison guards.
The new bill, sponsored by Assemblyman N. Nick Perry (D) and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D), fortifies the existing 2009 law (which banned shackling during labor and childbirth) and extends the ban to all stages of pregnancy.
In the trailer below, Ursulina, one of the women featured in the video, shares part of her story of being shackled.
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Learn more about shackling and the 2015 legislation, and how important it is that it is signed by the Governor now.
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When Cassidy Green learned that she was pregnant, she and her husband didn’t discuss cribs, co-sleeping, or even diapers. Instead, they worried about more basic and immediate challenges, like whether Green would be able to spend more than a few days with her baby. Green was in prison, 9 years into a 15-year prison sentence [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More
Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]Read More