New supports for Minnesota's pregnant inmates begin

By KBJR News 1

New supports for Minnesota's pregnant inmates begin

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The first law in the state to consider the unique needs of women in prison who are pregnant began on Tuesday.

One of the law's provisions bans the use of restraints through three days following birth, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Another measure allows pregnant inmates access to a certified doula if there is no charge to the facility, as the Isis Rising Prison Doula Program helped develop the law.

The law is now in effect at all county jails across Minnesota.