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House Bill 6613: The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act Michigan

Over 2,000 women are incarcerated in state prisons in Michigan. Many of those women are pregnant – but not being treated in a way that ensures the health and safety of both mother and child. In fact, pregnant women in Michigan endure inhumane practices such as shackling and isolation while carrying. 

The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act would change that by banning the shackling and isolation of pregnant women, in addition to requiring that all new women entering a correctional facility under the age of 50 receive a pregnancy test. The bill would also provide Doula services to new mothers in prison, breast feeding opportunities and breast milk for infants in need.

Bill Status: This bill is in the making! Advocates and policy makers are working together on a bill draft.

Bill Author: Representative Rebekah Warren, Senator Erika Geiss, and Senator Stephanie Chang

Formerly Incarcerated Women Leading the Charge:

 
Asia Johnson
The Bail Project