Bill Text: NJ S3100 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires DOC to provide prenatal and post-partum education and services for certain inmates.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-11-05 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [S3100 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S3100-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 3100

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 5, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires DOC to provide prenatal and post-partum education and services for certain inmates.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning education and services for certain pregnant inmates and supplementing Title 30 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  Every female inmate 60 years of age and under shall be tested for pregnancy upon entering a State correctional facility. Upon confirmation of pregnancy, the Commissioner of Corrections shall provide the appropriate prenatal and post-partum services for each pregnant inmate, including but not limited to the following:

     (1)   prenatal education;

     (2)   prenatal medical evaluation and care;

     (3)   nutritional counseling and supplements as prescribed by a physician;

     (4)   counseling regarding family planning, birth control, test results, termination of pregnancy, child placement services, and religious counseling, if desired by the inmate; and

     (5)   appropriate post-partum education and care.

     b.    A pregnant inmate electing to carry the pregnancy to term shall be provided ongoing prenatal care and support including obstetrical services, suitable maternity clothes, reasonable housing assignments, and appropriate exercise and reduced work schedules, as deemed medically advisable by the treating physician.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to provide appropriate prenatal and post-partum services to expectant mothers.

     Nationwide women represent a small minority of the correction population; however, at any given time, approximately six to 10 percent of incarcerated women are pregnant (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2011). Many women first learn of their pregnancy upon entry to a correctional facility. At the time of their arrest and incarceration, many of these expectant mothers lack prenatal care and need considerable support to improve the clinical outcomes of their pregnancy. Incarcerated women tend to have complicated and high-risk pregnancies due to increased rates of substance use disorders and psychological distress.

     This bill provides that incarcerated expectant mothers are required to receive prenatal education; prenatal medical evaluation and care; nutritional counseling and supplements; counseling regarding family planning, birth control, test results, termination of pregnancy, child placement services, and religious counseling, if desired; and post-partum education and care.

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