Warren, Booker reintroduce Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenLong-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam A bipartisan solution to fix the electoral college Warren campaign hits campaign fundraising goal, does not report total haul MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Health Care: Dem senators offer ‘Medicare X’ bill | McConnell tells Trump Senate won’t take up ObamaCare repeal | Insulin makers to testify | Scalise moves to force vote on abortion bill GOP shuts down Trump health push Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D-N.J.) on Tuesday reintroduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. 

The bill, introduced with Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDem spending proposal faces uncertain vote Dem lawmaker gives emotional speech about her child coming out as gender-nonconforming Progressive House Dems meet with Pelosi staffer to push for tough drug pricing bill MORE (D-Wash.) and Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThis week: Senate GOP prepares to change rules on Trump nominees Pelosi, Dems look for upside to Mueller report Advocate says Native American women more likely to be victims of violence MORE (D-Calif.), aims to reform the way women are treated behind bars.  

The legislation would make it easier for incarcerated women stay in touch with their families, reintegrate into their communities and receive “trauma-informed” care, according to a statement from the lawmakers. It would also mandate that incarcerated women receive “basic hygienic products” for free.


“For too long, our criminal justice system has treated incarcerated women as an afterthought,” Warren said in a statement. “The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act starts to change our country’s approach to helping women in prison by ensuring that they are treated with dignity and equipping them with the tools, resources, and services they need to successfully return to their families and communities.”

“Women face unique circumstances in prison. They are often victims of sexual abuse and trauma, and a majority are moms to small kids. The current federal prison system is not properly designed to address these unique circumstance,” Booker said in the statement. “It’s time we restore justice to our broken justice system.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGOP shuts down Trump health push Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam CNN announces string of 2020 town halls MORE (D-Calif.), along with Warren, Booker and Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLong-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam Dem introducing constitutional amendment to abolish Electoral College Trump aides stress president’s resolve to close US-Mexico border MORE (D-Ill.), first introduced the legislation in 2017.

Harris, Booker and Warren are among more than a dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.


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