Implementing Policies and Practices on the Non-Use of Restraints with Incarcerated Pregnant Women

Monday, December 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30p.m. Eastern Time

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections

In 2013, the National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody developed a best practices statement to articulate a set of principles and recommendations to guide agencies in the development of local policy and practice.  This session will briefly review the core principles and recommendations for operational practice outlined in the best practices statement.  An update will be provided on the current status of laws, policies, and practices to assure that pregnant women are not restrained, as well as a look towards current and future reform efforts.  Representatives from the corrections and medical communities will share their experiences in this area and lead a discussion on the challenges of implementing policies and practices related to not restraining this small but significant subset of incarcerated women.

During this webinar, panelists will:
  • Describe the current landscape of laws, policies, and practices to assure that pregnant incarcerated women are not restrained;
  • Articulate the key principles and recommendations outlined in the Best Practices Statement;
  • Reflect on the challenges to implementation that healthcare and corrections practitioners face when considering new ways to approach the use of restraints with pregnant women; and
  • Identify efforts for future reform to more adequately meet the needs of pregnant women in custody in regards to not restraining pregnant women.
  • Becki Ney, Principal, Center for Effective Public Policy and Task Force Member representing the NRCJIW
  • Jamie Clayton, Chief Deputy of Corrections, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (California)
  • Micah A. Haskell-Hoehl, Senior Policy Associate, Public Interest Government Relations Office, American Psychological Association
  • Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gyn/Ob, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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The National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) was established to address the unique and complex needs of adult women involved in the criminal justice system. NRCJIW provides guidance and support to criminal justice professionals and promotes evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices in order to reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.