H.R.3920 - Protection of Women in Prisons Act of 1999106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-35] (Introduced 03/14/2000)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/21/2000 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (03/14/2000)
[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 3920 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 3920 To improve the conditions for women inmates in jails and correctional facilities. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 14, 2000 Ms. Waters (for herself, Mrs. Christensen, Mr. Meeks of New York, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Capuano, Mrs. Maloney of New York, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Mrs. Meek of Florida, Mr. Hilliard, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Owens, Ms. Norton, Ms. Kilpatrick, Ms. Carson, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. DeLauro, Mrs. Morella, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Jackson of Illinois, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Payne) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve the conditions for women inmates in jails and correctional facilities. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Protection of Women in Prisons Act of 1999''. SEC. 2. PROTECTION OF WOMEN INMATES. Section 20105(b)(1) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 13705(b)(1)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``and'' after the semicolon; (2) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(C) provide assurances, with accompanying documentation, to the Attorney General that the State has in effect policies that are monitored and enforced, in jails and correctional facilities throughout the State, that-- ``(i) restrict the role of male employees with women inmates; ``(ii) prohibit male employees from supervising women inmates during showering and undressing; ``(iii) prohibit male employees from conducting body searches, `thorough' pat searches, and frisks on women inmates except in the case of an emergency or in the presence of a female employee; ``(iv) address the health needs of women inmates; ``(v) prohibit the use of shackles or other restraints on pregnant women unless it is shown to be absolutely necessary; ``(vi) provide additional protections to women inmates who report violations of this subparagraph to insulate them from retaliatory acts; ``(vii) impose disciplinary action against a jail or correctional facility employee who violates the provisions of this subparagraph; and ``(viii) require that a male employee who is found to have committed physical or sexual misconduct against a woman inmate is terminated; ``(D) provide documentation to the Attorney General that jails and correctional facilities throughout the State have-- ``(i) instituted programs designed to address prior victimization, drug and alcohol abuse, and high-risk drug and sexual behaviors of women inmates; ``(ii) contracted with an outside correctional health care organization to regularly assess the status of women's health in correctional settings; ``(iii) complied with national correctional health care standards for screening, classifying, and housing that ensure continuity of care for women inmates; ``(iv) implemented programs for crisis intervention, suicide precaution, case management, and discharge planning for women inmates; and ``(v) made a concerted effort to meet nationally established standards that ensure the basic level of health care services for women offenders; and ``(E) provide documentation to the Attorney General that the State corrections department has-- ``(i) conducted a needs assessment of minority health needs in correctional settings; and ``(ii) analyzed its health services to women inmates and classified the health and security risk of each woman inmate.''. <all>