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HB 1648

  • Virginia House Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 16, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 11, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 25, 2020
  • Governor

Correctional facilities, state; treatment of prisoners known to be pregnant.

Abstract

State correctional facilities; treatment of prisoners known to be pregnant or who are parents of minor children. Provides for rules and regulations regarding the treatment, control, and education of prisoners known to be pregnant and prisoners who are primary caretakers of minor children in state correctional facilities. The bill requires the Department of Corrections to include in the training it provides for state correctional officers and juvenile correctional officers who may have contact with pregnant inmates training on the general care of pregnant women and the impact of restraints, restrictive housing or solitary confinement, and body cavity searches on such inmates. The bill requires the Director of the Department of Corrections, after accounting for safety, security, and operational factors, to place prisoners who are known primary caretakers of minor children in a facility as close as possible to such children. The bill also requires correctional officers, when (i) contact is required between such officer and an inmate, (ii) the inmate is required to disrobe, and (iii) the officer is not the same gender as the inmate, to submit a written report to the official in charge of the state or local correctional facility within 72 hours following the incident containing the justification for the suspension of the requirement that such incident occur only during the period of a declared emergency. The bill further authorizes the Director of the Department of Corrections to prescribe reasonable rules regarding visitation that include authorization of visitation by minor dependents of prisoners who are primary caretakers of minor children with Level 1 or Level 2 security classifications.

State and local correctional facilities; treatment ofprisoners known to be pregnant or who are parents of minor children. Providesfor rules and regulations regarding the treatment, control, and education of prisonersknown to be pregnant and prisoners who are parents of minor children in stateand local correctional facilities. The bill requires the Department ofCorrections to include in the training it provides for deputy sheriffs and jailofficers, state correctional officers, and juvenile correctional officers whomay have contact with pregnant inmates training on the general care of pregnantwomen and the impact of restraints, restrictive housing, and body cavitysearches on such inmates. The bill requires the Director of the Department ofCorrections, to the extent practicable, after accounting for security andcapacity factors, to place prisoners who are parents of minor children in afacility as close as possible to such children. The bill also provides that thesheriff, jail superintendent, or other jail administrator shall prescribe rulesfor local or regional jails to ensure that when physical contact is requiredbetween an officer and an inmate and when the inmate is required bycircumstances to disrobe, the officer shall be the same gender as the inmateand that such rules may allow for the suspension of such provisions during theperiod of a declared emergency. Additionally, when contact is required betweena jail or correctional officer and an inmate and when the inmate is required todisrobe and the officer is not the same gender as the inmate, the bill requiresthe officer to submit a written report to the official in charge of the stateor local correctional facility within 72 hours following the incident,containing the justification for the suspension of the requirement that suchinstance occur only during the period of a declared emergency. The bill furtherprovides that the Director of the Department of Corrections is authorized toprescribe reasonable rules regarding visitation that shall includeauthorization of visitation by minor dependents of prisoners who are parents ofminor children with Level 1 or Level 2 security classifications.

Bill Sponsors (4)

Kaye Kory

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 38
Primary

John J. McGuire, III

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 56
Cosponsor

Kathleen Murphy

  • Democratic
  • lower
  • 34
Cosponsor

Nicholas J. Freitas

  • Republican
  • lower
  • 30
Cosponsor

Votes


Actions


Mar 31, 2020

Office of the Governor

Approved by Governor-Chapter 526 (effective 7/1/20)

Mar 12, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

House

Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020

Mar 03, 2020

Senate

Signed by President

Mar 02, 2020

House

Enrolled

House

Signed by Speaker

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1648ER)

Feb 25, 2020

Senate

Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)

Senate

Read third time

Feb 24, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Feb 21, 2020

Senate

Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N)

Feb 17, 2020

Senate

Assigned Rehab sub: Social Service and Corrections

Feb 14, 2020

House

Impact statement from DPB (HB1648H1)

Feb 12, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed

Senate

Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

Feb 11, 2020

House

VOTE: Passage (97-Y 3-N)

House

Read third time and passed House (97-Y 3-N)

Feb 10, 2020

House

Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1648H1

House

Committee substitute agreed to 20107870D-H1

House

Read second time

Feb 09, 2020

House

Read first time

Feb 07, 2020

House

Reported from Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 2-N)

House

Committee substitute printed 20107870D-H1

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

Feb 06, 2020

House

House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered

House

Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)

Jan 22, 2020

House

Assigned PS sub: Public Safety

Jan 16, 2020

House

Presented and ordered printed 20100777D

House

Referred to Committee on Public Safety

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1648H1 HTML
Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1648H1 HTML
Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1648ER) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0526) HTML

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