Handcuffs Could be Banned During Jailhouse Births

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.

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