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WATCH: Why is Israel still shackling hospitalized prisoners?

As far back as 2008, Israel’s Health Ministry and Prison Service formulated clear criteria for the shackling of hospitalized prisoners. But as it turns out, the Prison Service still dictates the policy and doctors’ hands are tied — and shackling procedures are still being applied arbitrarily.

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    1. Piotr Berman

      The practice of shackling prisoners in hospital beds is awful, and very pervasive in USA. At this moment, human rights activist in USA do not even try to object. Instead, if you google with these keywords you find the activism on two issues.

      One is shackling prisoners during labor, and many states, but not most, disallow that practice.

      The second issue is “humanitarian release” of terminally ill prisoners, which is allowed in some states but practiced very rarely. On described case in California was of a prisoner that had cancer, and was released one hour before death, and found by the family being shackled to his hospital bed. In comma.

      The idea that you should not shackle people in pain as they lie in hospital bed is so far totally alien to Americans, with those two exceptions.

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