End Shackling in Georgia NOW! sign now



Help us ban the practice of shackling of incarcerated women during transport, labor, delivery and recovery in Georgia jails and prisons.

Georgia is one of forty-four states that permits the shackling of incarcerated women during the birthing and laboring processes. Over the last few years, several states (IL, VT, CA, TX, NY and NM) have determined that this practice is not only unnecessary, but also cruel and inhumane and have prohibited it through statute. In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Prisons prohibited the practice in federal prisons after considerable lobbying from a broad range of prison advocacy, medical professional associations and civil liberties and womens rights groups. More recently, the 8th District Court of Appeals held that the U.S. Constitution protects pregnant women in prison from the unnecessary and unsafe practice of shackling during labor and childbirth. In addition, the practice of shackling incarcerated women during labor, delivery and recovery violates international human rights standards and norms.

Clearly, the time to end this practice in Georgia is upon us. How many more women will labor in pain, silence, obscurity and shame? It is indeed a cruel, inhumane and unsafe to force women to endure the laboring and birthing process with chains on their wrists and ankles.

Please sign our petition calling for an end to this heinous and unsafe practice.

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Latest Signatures

  • 30 December 2015100. Jason C
    shackling pregnant women is shameful!
  • 15 December 201599. Sean C
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 201598. Brandi B
    I support this petition
  • 22 November 201597. Sharon Cherry
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 201596. Ndelea S
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  • 07 October 201594. Vanesa E
    I support this petition
  • 10 September 201593. Ricardo Rushj
    This pratice is very inhumane, to think that a women who is giving birth will try and escape is absolutely ridiculous. I'm sure the last time that is on her mine is escaping due to the unbearable amounts of pain she experiences throughout labor.
  • 08 September 201592. Vikki B
    I support this petition
  • 22 June 201591. Gabriel F
    stop it NOW. it's inhumane!
  • 30 May 201590. Tia T
    I support this petition
  • 12 April 201589. Janet Lb
    are we still in the middle ages?
  • 04 April 201588. Ronit F
    I support this petition
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  • 08 March 201475. Eniola K
    end this barbaric practice
  • 20 February 201474. Christina C
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Cassie SimpsonBy:
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Residents of Georgia

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