Senate Bill 84 will build on the "Dignity Bill," passed in 2018, allowing pregnant incarcerated people to have safe, healthy pregnancies. 

"Dignity Bill Part 2" will establish appropriate standards of care for pregnant incarcerated people by:

  • Providing 6 weeks of post-partum care
  • Ending solitary confinement during pregnancy and in the post-partum period
  • Expanding pregnancy medical release to include substance use disorder treatment in the same facility in which the person is incarcerated so it can be readily accessed
  • Requiring the Department of Corrections to gather and publish on the Legislative Research Council’s website data on solitary confinement, including the person’s age, gender, ethnicity, reason for being placed in solitary, and date in/date out
  • Providing social workers who can work with incarcerated people to determine care for their infant and develop a reunification plan 

Bill Movement

  • Introduced: 1/7/21
  • Passed Senate Committee: 2/4/21
  • Passed Senate: 2/10/21 (Vote: 31-0)
  • Accepted by House: 2/11/21
  • Passed House Committee: 3/3/21
  • Passed House with amendment: 3/5/21 (Vote: 94-0)
  • Senate concurrence with amendment and final passage: 3/11/21
  • Delivered to Governor: 3/12/21
  • Signed into law by Governor: 3/23/21 


J. Adams




2021 General Assembly

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