Bill Text: MI SB0830 | 2019-2020 | 100th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Corrections; state facilities; treatment of pregnant and postpartum women in correctional facilities; regulate. Amends 1953 PA 232 (MCl 791.201 - 791.285) by adding sec. 65j.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-12 - Referred To Committee On Judiciary And Public Safety [SB0830 Detail]

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SENATE BILL NO. 830

March 12, 2020, Introduced by Senators GEISS, CHANG, SANTANA, IRWIN, BAYER, ALEXANDER, BULLOCK, HERTEL, WOJNO and HOLLIER and referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.

A bill to amend 1953 PA 232, entitled

"Corrections code of 1953,"

(MCL 791.201 to 791.285) by adding section 65j.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 65j. (1) An employee of the department shall not restrain an incarcerated individual who is known to be pregnant or is within a postpartum period unless the employee makes an individualized determination, with explicit permission from a ranking prison administrator, that restraints are reasonably necessary for the legitimate safety and security needs of the incarcerated individual, correctional facility employees, other incarcerated individuals, or the public, and the treating medical care provider explicitly approves the use of restraints. If restraints are determined to be necessary, the restraints must be the least restrictive available and the most reasonable under the circumstances.

(2) An employee of a correctional facility shall not restrain an incarcerated individual who is known to be pregnant or is within a postpartum period while the incarcerated individual is being transported if the restraint is through the use of leg irons, waist chains, or another device that crosses or otherwise touches the incarcerated individual's abdomen, handcuffs, or another device that crosses or otherwise touches the incarcerated individual's wrists when affixed behind the incarcerated individual's back.

(3) An employee of the department may not place an incarcerated individual who is known to be pregnant or is within a postpartum period in segregation or isolating conditions.

(4) An employee of a correctional facility may restrain an incarcerated individual who is in labor or who has given birth within the preceding 3 days only if all of the following conditions apply:

(a) There is a substantial flight risk or another extraordinary medical or security circumstance that dictates restraints be used to ensure the safety and security of the incarcerated individual, correctional facility employees, other incarcerated individuals, or the public.

(b) The employee has made an individualized determination, with explicit permission from a ranking prison administrator and the treating medical care provider, that restraints are necessary to prevent escape or injury.

(c) The restraints used are the least restrictive type and are used in the least restrictive manner.

(5) If restraints are used on an incarcerated individual who is known to be pregnant or is within a postpartum period, an employee of the correctional facility shall document, in writing, all of the following:

(a) The reason for the use of restraints.

(b) The type of restraints used.

(c) An assessment of the reasons the restraints used were the least restrictive available and the most reasonable under the circumstances.

(d) The reasons the treating medical care provider approved the use of restraints or determined an extraordinary medical circumstance dictated the use of restraints.

(6) Upon arriving at a reception center designated under section 67(1), the department must offer pregnancy testing to each incoming female incarcerated individual who is not more than 50 years of age.

(7) The department must allow an incarcerated individual who is known to be pregnant to develop a birth plan with the assistance of a physician who is board certified as an obstetrician-gynecologist, a certified nurse midwife, or an individual providing doula services. The department shall allow for autonomy in treatment decisions for the incarcerated individual during the birth process and the postpartum period, including, but not limited to:

(a) If the incarcerated individual has an opioid use disorder, access to medicated-assisted treatment.

(b) Access to medically necessitated best practices for care and services as determined appropriate by the incarcerated individual and her treating medical care provider.

(8) The department must ensure every incarcerated individual who has given birth within the last 12 months and is producing breast milk is provided both of the following opportunities:

(a) To breast-feed the infant child of the incarcerated individual during any visit with the infant.

(b) To express breast milk for the infant child of the incarcerated individual.

(9) An incarcerated individual who expresses her breast milk as authorized under subsection (8)(b) must be given access to necessary supplies, including a breast pump and appropriate, sanitary containers for storage, and must be allowed to have the breast milk stored under refrigeration until it is picked up by a person the incarcerated individual has authorized for that purpose.

(10) The department must allow an incarcerated individual to have access to doula services if the incarcerated individual is known to be pregnant or has given birth not more than 6 weeks before she arrived at a reception center designated under section 67(1). A support person who has completed birth planning with the pregnant incarcerated individual and has been cleared using the law enforcement information network as provided in the C.J.I.S. policy council act, 1974 PA 163, MCL 28.211 to 28.215, may be present in the delivery room with the pregnant incarcerated individual, along with an individual providing doula services. An employee of the department who is on duty may not be present in the delivery room during the pregnant incarcerated individual's labor and delivery of her child.

(11) The department shall provide more frequent visitation for a female incarcerated individual who is breastfeeding a child who is less than 37 months old.

(12) An employee of the correctional facility who may have contact with incarcerated individuals who are pregnant or within a postpartum period and are incarcerated in the facility must receive annual training on the provisions of this section.

(13) An incarcerated individual known to be pregnant must be asked to designate a person to receive updates about her medical condition. A person designated under this subsection must be notified when that incarcerated individual is transported to a medical appointment or to a hospital, begins labor, or delivers her child. After a person designated under this section is notified that a pregnant incarcerated individual has begun labor, that person and an additional 2 support persons may be present in a hospital visiting room.

(14) The department shall not limit the visitation of an incarcerated individual with her child during the following periods:

(a) The 72 hours after the incarcerated individual delivers that child.

(b) Any medical emergency experienced by that child.

(c) Any admission of the child into a neonatal intensive care unit.

(15) The department shall provide quarterly reports to the legislature and to the public that include all of the following information regarding incarcerated individuals in correctional facilities:

(a) The number who are pregnant women.

(b) The race and age of each pregnant woman.

(c) The number of women with a high-risk pregnancy.

(d) The number of off-site medical appointments for pregnant women, categorized by the race and age of the incarcerated individual.

(e) The number of on-site medical appointments for pregnant women, categorized by the race and age of the incarcerated individual.

(f) The documentation required under subsection (5).

(16) As used in this section:

(a) "Doula services" means childbirth education and support services, including emotional, physical, and informational support provided during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.

(b) "Incarcerated individual" means an individual who is under the jurisdiction of the department and has not been released on parole or discharged.

(c) "Postpartum" means the 12 weeks following childbirth.

(d) "Treating medical care provider" means a physician who is licensed under part 170 or 175 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.17001 to 333.17097, and 333.17501 to 333.17556, has a physician-patient relationship with the individual at issue, and is not employed by the department.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.

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