Bill Status of HB5538 9th General Assembly
Short Description: CD CORR-PREGNANT PRISONER
Rep. Robyn Gabel
| 1/8/2013||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice shall not apply security restraints to a committed person that has been determined by a qualified medical professional to be pregnant and is known to be pregnant by the Department or in postpartum recovery, which is the entire period a woman is in the medical facility after birth, unless the corrections official makes an individualized determination that the pregnant committed person presents a substantial flight risk or some other extraordinary circumstance that dictates security restraints be used to ensure the safety and security of the pregnant committed person, her child or unborn child, the staff of the Department or medical facility, other committed persons, or the public. Provides that upon discharge from a medical facility, postpartum committed persons shall be restrained only with handcuffs in front of the body during transport to the Department facility. Provides that the corrections official shall immediately remove all security restraints upon written or oral request by medical personnel. Provides that leg irons, shackles, or waist shackles shall not be used on a pregnant or postpartum committed person regardless of security classification. Makes other changes.