2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15: 744.1 - Legislative findings

§744.1. Legislative findings

A. The legislature hereby finds that restraining a pregnant woman can pose undue health risks to both the woman and the fetus.

B. The vast majority of female prisoners or detainees in Louisiana are non-violent offenders.

C. Restraining pregnant prisoners and detainees increases the potential for physical harm from an accidental trip or fall.

D. Freedom from physical restraints is especially critical during labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery after delivery. Women often need to move around during labor and recovery, and restraints can further interfere with medical staff's ability to appropriately assist in childbirth or to conduct emergency procedures.

E. Public health organizations have expressed opposition to shackling pregnant women because of the dangers posed to a woman's health and well-being.

Acts 2012, No. 761, §1.

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