California

With support from the National Institute, the ACLU of Southern California worked in 2015 to ensure implementation of a new state law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant and incarcerated women in Los Angeles County and advocate for broader policy change. With the ACLU’s support and oversight, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department created a housing unit for pregnant and post-partum women and strengthened their abortion and pregnancy policies to center the needs of incarcerated women. The ACLU also developed essential tools for implementation of anti-shackling laws: a statewide jails report; a Know Your Rights pamphlet on reproductive health care for incarcerated people; tools for jail administrators; and, along with allies, a model advocacy letter for California advocates when they encounter noncompliance in local jail systems.