The Texas Senate on Friday passed legislation to end the use of restraints on pregnant inmates in the state’s prisons.
The bipartisan , authored by Republican state Rep. James White, includes a number measures intended to address the conditions of incarcerated women. Texas already prohibits the shackling of inmates during labor and immediately postpartum, but guards may still use restraints on them at other times.
In addition to banning shackling during pregnancy, the bill also mandates the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must provide women in state prisons with more and higher-quality menstrual products. It would also require prisons to allow inmates to remain with their newborns for 72 hours after giving birth.
The bill goes next to Texas Gov.