A state senator moves to unshackle pregnant inmates.
Riverside visiting hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and school-age children can’t visit during school hours, a significant obstacle for working adults and many kids. “I know women who only see their children once a year,” says Creamer. According to Eskind, Commissioner Giorla is also considering a change in visiting hours.
As for Torres, she’s trying to move past the horrific ordeal. The new mother was released one month after giving birth and the charge of crack and marijuana possession with intent to distribute was dropped. While she’s considering filing a lawsuit over being shackled against prison policy, her priority is putting the pieces of her life back together. After caring for a grandfather suffering from Alzheimer’s she enrolled in nursing school and is now a Certified Nursing Assistant. She hopes to become a Registered Nurse by 2012, and then later on a Nurse Practitioner.
And she has her baby back.
“She’s really beautiful,” says Torres, smiling over a cup of coffee. “She’s healthy. She has no idea as to what happened. Maybe one day when she’s old enough I’ll tell her how she came into the world.” ■
Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery) expressed gratitude that his bill to prevent the shackling of pregnant prisoners was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee at a committee meeting today.
Turns out that Daniel Denvir's PW article about efforts to prohibit the shackling of pregnant prisoners in Pennsylvania helped push the bill through the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
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