Female Incarceration Reforms Move on to Full House

Mar 21, 2018

Credit wkms.org

Legislation to bring reforms to female prisons appears headed for final passage.  The senate measure got the approval Wednesday of the House Judiciary Committee.

Louisville Senator Julie Raque Adams wanted to keep the bill narrowly focused on incarcerated women and not be expanded to include broader criminal justice reforms.

“That was really my intent all along in filing this bill is to kind of address the problems we see with females who are incarcerated and I didn’t want that message to get watered down in a bigger bill,” said Raque-Adams

Adams says key provisions include allowing drug addicted pregnant inmates to be released for treatment in hopes of delivering a healthy baby and banning the shackling of female inmates.  House Judiciary Committee Chair Joe Fischer doesn’t anticipate the more extensive criminal justice reform package to pass during the final days of the session.  “There might be a floor amendment to add something on to that, I don’t know.  But, I don’t think any major broad based criminal justice reform will be attached to that bill,” explained Fischer.

The bill was placed on the House consent calendar.