Shackling to become illegal

The practice of shackling children during court proceedings or in detention will become illegal in Nevada on Oct. 1. Assembly Bill 8 makes the practice illegal after that date.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, based in Reno, last month adopted a resolution arguing that shackles “may infringe upon the presumption of innocence, undermine confidence in the fairness of our justice system, interfere with the right to a fair trial, impede communication … and can limit the child's ability to engage in the court process.”