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Assembly Bill 2550: The Dignity Act California

This bill would prohibit male guards from conducting pat down searches of incarcerated women and prohibit them from entering an area where women may be in a state of undress, unless there is a risk of immediate harm. It would also require documentation of any male officers conducting pat downs or entering prohibited areas within 3 days of the incident and require the documentation to be reviewed by warden. 

Bill Status:  The bill unanimously passed out of the California Public Safety Committee on March 20th, 2018. Check on the bill’s latest status here.

Bill Author: Dr. Shirley Weber

Coauthors Assembly members: Bigelow, Bonta, Lackey, Quirk, and Reyes

Women Leading the Charge:

Shonique Williams
Anti-Recidivism Coalition
#cut50 Dignity Advisory Board Member
Amika Mota
Young Women’s Freedom Center
#cut50 Dignity
Advisory
Board Member
Norma
Cumpian
Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Co-Sponsoring Organizations

Anti Recidivism Coalition (ARC)

Young Women’s Freedom Center

Supporting Organizations:

ACLU
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
ACCESS Women’s Health Justice ACT for Women and Girls 
American Association of University Women – California 
American Medical Women’s Association 
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice 
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice 
California Catholic Conference, Inc. 
California Family Health Council 
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice 
California Medical Association 
California National Organization for Women 
California Nurses Association 
California Public Defenders Association 
Californians United for a Responsible Budget 
Center for Elders’ Independence 
Center for Restorative Justice Works 
Center for Young Women’s Development 
Critical Resistance Directors of Public Health Nursing Drug Policy Alliance Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Latino Health Alliance Law Students for Reproductive Justice National Association of Social Workers, 
California Chapter National Center for Lesbian Rights 
National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles 
National Council of Jewish Women, 
California Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health Rainbow Services, Ltd. Service Employees International Union, 
Local 1000 Women’s Community Clinic