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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:

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

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