Assembly majority leader Toni Atkins wants to make sure prisons around California are following the law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant prisoners.
Atkins released a report today saying while 21 of California's 58 counties have fully complied with the law, the remaining counties either aren't under full compliance or haven't responded to questions. Atkins backed the measure that became law in 2013.
She says the use of behind-the-back handcuffs and belly chains are known to endanger the health of women and possibly affect the outcome of their pregnancy. Atkins says she will work to make sure all counties are complying with the law, saying the health and welfare of pregnant prisoners and their newborns is important.