Legal Aid Society


LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Prohibit Prone Restraints Against Children

A letter written by Dawne Mitchell, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice, calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo to prohibit the use of “prone restraints” – a physical restraint that like chokeholds, is known to be dangerous. Though prohibited in almost every child care setting in NYS, prone restraints are authorized on children in residential treatment centers, reports the Daily News.

Citing policy changes implemented by the state of Michigan after a child was killed by a restraint in a treatment center, Mitchell calls for changes in New York regulations before more life is lost.

“The Legal Aid Society has called upon the governor and his administration to prohibit this deadly practice,” she writes. “The time is now, before we are forced to mourn another needless death.”