Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act

Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act

This Bill has:
8% Democratic Support in the Senate
0% Democratic Support in the House
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    This bill was introduced by Cory Booker in the senate and has not yet been introduced in the house
    The bill would make a series of common-sense reforms to how the federal prison system treats incarcerated women in order to reduce the negative impact incarceration has on the family members of women behind bars, especially their children, and better prepare incarcerated women to return to their communities.
Specifically, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women would do the following:
Visitation
Require the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to consider location of kids when placing incarcerated persons in prison facilities.
Require BOP to create better visitation policies for primary caretaker parents.
Treatment
Prohibit the solitary confinement of pregnant women.
Ban the shackling of pregnant women.
Programming
Require BOP to provide parenting classes to primary caretaker parents.
Mandate BOP provide trauma informed care to individuals who are primary caretaker parents and train correctional officers on how to handle victims of trauma.
Allow returning citizens to mentor current incarcerated people and assist with reentry.
Oversight
Create an ombudsman at the Justice Department to monitor certain violations in prisons.
Telecommunications
Prohibit BOP from charging incarcerated persons for phone calls.
Require BOP to make video-conferencing available at every facility free of charge.
Health
Require BOP to provide certain health products, such as tampons and pads, free of charge to incarcerated people.
Restrict BOP employees from entering restrooms of incarcerated individuals of the opposite sex except in exigent circumstances.
Allow all pregnant women and primary caretaker parents to enroll in the Residential Drug Abuse Program.
Overnight Visit Pilot Program
Require BOP to create an overnight visit pilot program for children and parents.
   
House Bill: --
Democratic Support: 
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Senate Bill:  S 1524
Democratic Support: 
Introduced by: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 07/11/2017)
Latest Action: 07/11/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.