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New bill would prohibit shackling pregnant inmates in labor

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A bill to keep officials from using leg and wrist shackles on pregnant inmates in labor was unanimously approved by the state Assembly on Tuesday.

Bill AB2530, authored by San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, is now being delivered to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

The bill would prohibit using leg irons, wrist chains or behind the body handcuffs on women in labor, in transit to a hospital while in labor, and after they give birth.

California law already requires that female inmates be transported in the safest and "least restrictive way possible," once a doctor declares that labor has started.