Incarcerated Women: The New Face of California Inmates

Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove recognizes the need to review and reform policy affecting the sentencing and rehabilitation practices for incarcerated women. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the California female jail population has increased six fold since 1970, twice as much as the male population during the same period. Furthermore, female offenders are likely to have a history of drug and alcohol use. However, a relatively small percentage of women receive any treatment within the justice system. The Prison Policy Initiative found that black, lesbian and bisexual women are subject disproportionately to incarceration in comparison to their white counterparts. Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove plans to research and analyze these inconsistencies in sentencing and explore ways to reform or introduce new policy that can aid in their journey to justice.

Assemblymember Kamlager-Dove will focus on ways to enhance and instill reliable, transferable and valuable rehabilitation services and programs. Data shows that female prisons offer fewer vocational and education program opportunities than male institutions. This lack of equitable opportunity between male and female inmates often leads to high rates of recidivism and failed transitions for women back into civilian life. Kamlager-Dove will spearhead research and analysis about mechanisms to enhance rehabilitation for incarcerated women to aid them in their post-incarceration journeys.

The Assemblymember then will determine appropriate measures to support the health, dignity and rehabilitation of incarcerated women.

Upcoming Hearings:

February 2020 - date and location to be determined

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