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By Katie Lannan

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 11, 2017.....Visiting the women's prison in Framingham two summers ago, Rep. Kay Khan struck up a conversation with a mother incarcerated there, who gave birth to her youngest child while behind bars.

"I asked her about her experience, and she said she had been shackled," Khan recalled. "People told her that didn't have to happen, and she was afraid to say anything, so she went through the whole process having been shackled."

Shackling of prisoners who are in labor or recuperating after childbirth has been banned in Massachusetts since 2014, when Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law restricting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates in custody of the state Department of Correction and county jails.

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