Dignity Act Louisiana

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Senate Bill 558: Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act Louisiana

Bill Status: ✔ SIGNED INTO LAW BY GOVERNOR BEL EDWARDS MAY 23, 2018 

This bill passed through the House, Senate and all committees unanimously and with no opposition!

Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act Louisiana provides for increased access to healthcare products for incarcerated women including sanitary pads, tampons, toilet paper, and hygiene products and restricts male staff from conducting pat down searches and entering areas where incarcerated women may be undressed to preserve the dignity of women in prison.

PART 1: Healthcare Products
Women do not have choice or control over menstrual cycles and requirements and therefore should not be required to pay for menstrual products to insure their health and dignity. There are 2,067 women incarcerated in state and local facilities in Louisiana - 1,858 are of reproductive age and in need of these products.

Feminine Hygiene
Incarcerated women in Louisiana report receiving as few as 10 pads per month and 1 roll of toilet paper per week. Additional sanitary products must be purchased for a price above market value which places an undue burden on indigent women and women without family financial support.

Part 2: Correctional Officers
Allowing male officers to conduct pat down searches and enter restrooms or showers increases the possibility of sexual assault and likelihood of re-traumatization for incarcerated women.

Bill Author: Senator Regina Barrow

Women Leading the Charge:


Dolfinette Martin
VOTE-NOLA



Syrita Steib-Martin
Operation Restoration


Fox Rich
20/45 Coalition for Mercy

Co-Sponsoring Organizations

VOTE

Operation Restoration

Women with a Vision

Power Coalition for Equity and Justice

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