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Maryland General Assembly 2014 Session

Summary Page for House Bill 27: Health Births for Incarcerated Women Act

House Bill 27 – 2014 Session – 1st Reading Dec.21, 2013


Power Inside Baltimore, MD

ACLU of Maryland

Birthing Behind Bars

Opposition Statements and Issue Briefs

Maryland Statement of Opposition as submitted 2/25/13 to Maryland House Judiciary Committee: Opposition_statement_final 022513

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement against the practice of shackling (PDF): Acog 2011 Statement

American College of Nurse-Midwives Position Statement against shackling/restraint of pregnant women who are incarcerated (PDF): Anti-Shackling Position Statement June 2012

ACLU Shackling Brief (PDF): anti-shackling_briefing_paper_stand_alone


Feb. 2013: First Person Testimony 2013 – Danielle’s story (Video): Watch Video

Feb. 2013: Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9FM. Listen to the podcast, CLICK HERE.

1991: Baltimore Sun Article “They shackle you like a dog… I felt so humiliated.” Prison system separates mothers from babies After giving birth, inmates must go back to prison cells. Read PREGNANT AND IN PRISON

Jan. 2013:  Study finds widespread criminalization of pregnancy in US institutions. Read article in The Guardian, CLICK HERE.

May 2012: Chicago Tribune:  $4.1 million settlement for pregnant inmates who say they were shackled. Read HERE.