NC Shackling of Pregnant Inmate Brings Federal Suit

Hassan Zavareei
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RALEIGH, N.C.—Tycko & Zavareei LLP, Rights Behind Bars, UNC Civil Rights Clinic, and Crowell & Moring LLP filed suit on September 2nd in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina against state prison officials for the barbaric treatment they imposed on Tracey Edwards during her pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery in 2019 and 2020.

Ms. Edwards’s suffering is not unique. Pregnant and postpartum individuals are routinely mistreated in prisons and jails across the United States.

The North Carolina legislature just passed a bill that limits shackling during pregnancy, aligning with the policies of numerous states and the federal government. But even a law may not be enough to prevent shackling.

The North Carolina lawsuit demands changes to the prison’s policies plus money damages for Ms. Edwards, to compensate for the cruelty she was forced to endure.


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