The ACLU of Maryland works to secure gender equality and to ensure that all women and girls are able to lead lives of dignity, free from violence and discrimination. This means working towards a state where all women and girls have equal access to quality education, employment, housing, health, and reproductive freedom.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE PRACTICE?
- Shackling pregnant women is dangerous and inhumane.
- Major national correctional and medical associations oppose shackling pregnant women because it is unnecessary and harmful to a woman and her pregnancy.
- The vast majority of female prisoners are non-violent offenders who pose a low security risk - particularly during labor and post-partum recovery.