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  • NJ A2323
  • Prohibits the restraint of prisoners during and immediately after childbirth.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(6/30/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would prohibit the restraint of women prisoners during and immediately after childbirth. Under the bill, correctional facility staff or medical providers would not be permitted to apply restraints to a female prisoner known to be pregnant during any stage of labor, any pregnancy related medical distress, transport to a medical facility, delivery, or postpartum. Restraints would be allowed if a supervising employee or medical provider makes an individualized determination that: the prisoner presents a substantial flight risk; or some other extraordinary medical or security circumstance dictates that the prisoner must be restrained to ensure the safety and security of the incarcerated person, the employees of the facility or medical facility, other incarcerated persons, or the public. In cases when restraints are permitted, the bill would require that the least restrictive type and application of restraint necessary would be used. The bill would require that any prisoner restrained in such a manner be attended at all times by an employee of the facility or a medical provider with the ability to release the restraints if medically necessary. The employee or medical provider would be required to immediately remove all restraints upon request of the doctor, nurse, or other health care professional caring for the incarcerated person. The bill also specifies that it would never be permissible to use leg and waist restraints on a prisoner who is in labor.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed Assembly, Women and Children
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee  (on 6/30/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (78-0-0)
6/6/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 6/6/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 78 0 2
Detail 6/6/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0