TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Women giving birth in a Florida prison or county jail would not be handcuffed or otherwise restrained under a measure that state lawmakers could pass this week.
The House took up the Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Act (SB 524/HB 367) on Tuesday and rolled it to a third reading.
The Senate already approved its version.
A similar measure was introduced last year but did not pass into law.
The act allows pregnant women to be physically restrained only if they're shown to be a security or escape risk.
A woman who believes she was restrained in violation of the act could file a grievance within one year.