Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that limits the use of restraints on pregnant inmates.
The bill signed into law Monday by Brewer would ban state or county jails and prisons from shackling inmates or detainees while they’re being transported for delivery or during labor, delivery or postpartum recovery.
The bill makes exceptions if medical staffers ask that the prisoner be restrained or a law enforcement official decides the prisoner or detainee might take off.
The proposal comes after a lawsuit filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office by an inmate who says her rights were violated when she was shackled before and after her Caesarean section in 2009.
Fourteen states have adopted similar restrictions.