The ACLU has filed for a ruling that would prohibit shackling children without first having a hearing to determine whether it is necessary.

They say, "The mission of the juvenile court system is rehabilitation. Putting non-violent children in chains undermines that mission."  Eleven states have now banned indiscriminate shackling of juveniles.

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Should children be shackled? Should the offense dictate whether or not they are?

Doesn't just putting everyone in shackles prevent any allegations of favoritism or racism when offenders appear in court?