Correctional facilities, state; treatment of prisoners known to be pregnant. (HB1648)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patrons Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), and Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/16/2020Presented and ordered printed 20100777D
01/16/2020Referred to Committee on Public Safety
01/22/2020Assigned PS sub: Public Safety
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Reported from Public Safety with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Committee substitute printed 20107870D-H1
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107870D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1648H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (97-Y 3-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (97-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1648H1)
02/17/2020Assigned Rehab sub: Social Service and Corrections
02/21/2020Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1648ER)
03/02/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1648ER)
03/02/2020Signed by Speaker
03/03/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/31/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 526 (effective 7/1/20)
03/31/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0526)