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“The law was put in place because New York State recognized that these practices are an affront to human rights and decency,” said Tamar Kraft-Stolar, director of the association’s Women in Prison Project. “The fact that it’s being routinely violated is egregious.”
A spokesman for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in New York declined to comment on the report.
This is a multistate problem. Over the last 15 years, 21 states have enacted laws against shackling pregnant inmates during and after labor, but many of the laws have proved ineffectual. In interviews with former inmates, prison officials and medical providers — and in records acquired through freedom of information requests — I have found evidence of negligence in the implementation of these laws across the country.
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