Anti-Shackling Bill Signed by Governor Cuomo
Shackling pregnant women in prisons is a pressing human rights issue, threatening the health, rights, and dignity of women and families. The 2015 Anti-Shackling Bill (A.6430-A/S.983-A) passed the state Assembly and Senate in June, and Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law on December 22, 2015.
“This is a critical women’s rights issue,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women in New York. “There are few things scarier happening to women in New York jails and prisons: being pregnant and getting shackled. Today that practice ends with the stroke of the Governor’s pen.” Read more in our full press release here.
Read more about the movement to stop shackling:
Advocates Urge Cuomo To End Shackling Of Pregnant Women, Huffington Post
Alto a grilletes para prisioneras embarazadas, El Diario NY
Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners Could Soon End in New York, RH Reality Check