Is Federal Court Routine Policy of Shackling Constitutional?

If you have ever been to federal court for a criminal case, you will notice that all federal prisoners are brought to court in shackles.  This is unlike state court, where only certain prisoners are brought into court in shackles.  The family and loved ones in federal court often ask us if that is necessary, especially if the person in custody has no history of violence.  More importantly, one must wonder if this policy is constitutional, as it certainly suggests that the person has a disposition to escape and most likely committed the offense alleged.  To read a summary of a recent case addressing this issue, please click on the following link –

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