Milwaukee County Jail is facing some shocking allegations. Nearly 40 formerly incarcerated women claim the facility forced them to give birth in jail in shackles.
According to the New York Daily News, the law suit alleges that the inmates were subject to “unreasonable risks of harm” as they endured labor in chains.
Via New York Daily News:
The class action suit was filed March 14 on behalf of former inmate Melissa Hall. But the suit says at least 40 women suffered the same fate, and may join the lawsuit.
According to the civil complaint, the 27-year-old Hall was held at the jail for seven months in 2013 for an unspecified offense.
She was pregnant at the time, and forced to wear a “belly-chain,” which kept her wrists tied to her waist and attached her legs with irons.
But armed deputies forced her to keep the chain on when she went into labor — even after medical providers insisted she be freed, the complaint says.
The confinement inflicted more pain on her as she gave birth, left marks on her body and made it harder for hospital workers to give her an epidural, court papers say.
The Wisconsin Department of Correction years ago ended its practice of shackling pregnant inmates during childbirth, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons has rolled back a previous policy mandating that.