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Childbirth is no escape from restraint at L.A. County jails

July 11, 2008 |  2:09 pm

Getprev_2 A new report on the medical treatment of female inmates at Los Angeles County jails said deputies say shackles are generally not used to restrain pregnant prisoners during childbirth. But as The Times' Richard Winton reports:

A county hospital delivery nurse said "leg chains, which are heavy but long enough to allow the inmate to get to the bathroom, are often present during childbirth," the report stated.

-- Jesus Sanchez

Photo credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times