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The Shackling of N.J. Inmates During Childbirth is Addressed

The Shackling of N.J. Inmates During Childbirth is Addressed
BY GEORGE MAST
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale prohibiting correctional facilities from placing restraints on inmates during or immediately after childbirth was advanced recently by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Sadly, there have been instances at facilities across the country where female prisoners were handcuffed or physically restrained in other ways while in labor and right after delivery,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Shackling a woman during childbirth creates serious medical risks and is an affront to basic human dignities. This legislation will make sure that type of barbaric treatment doesn’t take place in New Jersey.”

According to a July 2014 New York Times article, an estimated 2,000 women give birth to babies each year while incarcerated, including in 2011 a Nevada woman who suffered severe injuries when corrections staff shackled her ankles together while she was in labor and then again minutes after her child was delivered through an emergency cesarean section. Over the past 15 years 21 states have enacted legislation prohibiting the restraint of inmates during labor.

 

UPDATE: More on NJ Ebola Scare

UPDATE: More on NJ Ebola Scare
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Fears of the Ebola virus have not gone away in New Jersey.

A woman who had just arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday was hospitalized after exhibiti...

6 Reasons Philip Murphy Could Be Next NJ Governor

6 Reasons Philip Murphy Could Be Next NJ Governor
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Philip Murphy says it’s too early to declare whether he plans to run for governor of New Jersey. But it’s getting later than he thinks.

And Murphy, a former ambassador t...

Weinberg Condemns Secretive Process, NJSEA Vote to Close Izod Center

Weinberg Condemns Secretive Process, NJSEA Vote to Close Izod Center
BY TRISH GRABER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg slammed the Christie Administration’s plan to close the Izod Center in East Rutherford under a process ...

UPDATE: NJ Mom Accused of Lighting Baby on Fire

UPDATE: NJ Mom Accused of Lighting Baby on Fire
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A Pemberton Township woman is being accused of the murder of her newborn daughter in south Jersey Friday night.

Police were called to Simontown Road in Pemberton at arou...

6 Reasons for Seton Hall Medical School

6 Reasons for Seton Hall Medical School
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Medical Center have agreed to collaborate on building a private medical school.

The school would be built at the former H...

UPDATE: NJ Snow Totals for Winter Storm Juno

UPDATE: NJ Snow Totals for Winter Storm Juno
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM 

Snowfall accumulation totals for New Jersey seemed to be going up by the hour as the weekend progressed.

Suddenly the idea of a foot of snow didn’t seem so bad, as...

UPDATE: More on Nutley Murder-Suicide

UPDATE: More on Nutley Murder-Suicide
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The investigation will continue into the deaths of a couple found at their home in Nutley.

Local police found the couple at 317 Hillside Ave. Thursday morning.

NorthJerse...

Changes to Make Higher Education More Affordable, Effective

Changes to Make Higher Education More Affordable, Effective
BY MARYJANE BRIANT
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

GALLOWAY, NJ - Stockton’s Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance Project (HESIG) issued a report that recommends these changes to make ...

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