- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island has banned the use of prone restraints at residential care homes and other state-licensed facilities.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Thursday that she signed into law a bill passed by the state’s General Assembly.

Restraining people chest-down in the prone position has been linked to several deaths nationwide.

The ban applies to any state-licensed facility providing residential support, health care services, education or direct supervision.

Excluded from the ban are police officers, prisons, the youth detention facility and the forensic unit at Eleanor Slater Hospital.

The law also creates a commission to study restraint reporting practices.

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