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US state reviews female prisoner shackling laws


The US state of Pennsylvania will vote on whether to ban the practice of shackling female prisoners who are giving birth.

The practice, which has been banned in six other states, is supposed to prevent prisoners trying to escape, but campaigners say it is both unnecessary and inhumane.

Laura Trevelyan reports from Philadelphia.


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