WVC 31 - 20 - 30 A
§31-20-30a. Mechanical restraints during pregnancy.
In providing or arranging for the necessary medical and other
care and treatment of inmates committed to the Regional Jail
Authority's custody, the authority shall assure that pregnant
inmates will not be restrained after reaching the second trimester
of pregnancy until the end of the pregnancy: Provided,
That if the
inmate, based upon her classification, discipline history, or other
factors deemed relevant by the authority poses a threat of escape,
or to the safety of herself, the public, staff or the fetus, the
inmate may be restrained in a manner reasonably necessary:
That prior to directing the application of
restraints and where there is no threat to the safety of the
inmate, the public, staff or the fetus, the director or designee
shall consult with an appropriate health care professional to
assure that the manner of restraint will not pose an unreasonable
risk of harm to the inmate or the fetus.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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