|Posted:||December 4, 2020 10:10 AM|
|From:||Senator Camera Bartolotta|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Dignity & Safety for Incarcerated Women|
|Based on the advice of the American Conservative Union Foundation and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, I will soon reintroduce Senate Bill 1275 from the previous legislative session.
The bill will establish guidelines intended to protect the health and safety of pregnant inmates. Safety measures will include limits on shackling and body cavity searches, as well as the provision of appropriate prenatal nutrition and a bed not elevated more than three feet from the floor. The bill will ensure that female inmates have access to menstrual hygiene products at no cost to the inmate.
My legislation will include an important educational component. First, the bill will require the Departments of Corrections and Human Services to develop training for correctional staff regarding the care of pregnant inmates, the impact of restraints and restrictive housing on pregnant inmates and fetuses, and the impact of invasive searches on pregnant inmates. Second, the bill will require educational programming for female inmates about prenatal care and parenting skills. Finally, as evidence mounts that human traffickers target vulnerable women in jails and prisons, the bill will require educational programming about how traffickers recruit female offenders and the resources available to victims of human trafficking.
Please join me by cosponsoring this legislation which will help protect the basic dignity and safety of women in prison.
Introduced as SB138