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AB-568 Pregnant inmates and wards: least restrictive restraints. (2011-2012)

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Bill Status
AB-568
Skinner (A) , Mitchell (A)
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Atkins (A) , Liu (S) , Bonnie Lowenthal (A)
Pregnant inmates and wards: least restrictive restraints.
03/19/11
An act to amend Section 5007.7 of, and to amend and repeal Section 6030 of, the Penal Code, and to amend Sections 222 and 1774 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to inmates.
Assembly
08/29/11
08/16/11

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/09/11 Vetoed by Governor.
08/31/11 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1:30 p.m.
08/25/11 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 78. Noes 0. Page 2555.).
08/22/11 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 24 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/22/11 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 2013.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

At first blush, I was inclined to sign this bill because it certainly seems inappropriate to shackle a pregnant inmate unless absolutely necessary. However, the language of this measure goes too far, prohibiting not only shackling, but also the use of handcuffs or restraints of any kind except under ill-defined circumstances.

Let's be clear. Inmates, whether pregnant or not, need to be transported in a manner that is safe for them and others. The restrictive criteria set forth in this bill go beyond what is necessary to protect the health and dignity of pregnant inmates and will only serve to sow confusion and invite lawsuits.

I am returning Assembly Bill 568 without my signature.




Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.