Warren, Booker reintroduce Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (D-N.J.) on Tuesday reintroduced the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. 

The bill, introduced with Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalActivist: Exclusion of domestic workers from federal labor laws 'a legacy of slavery' How Trump suddenly brought Democrats together on a resolution condemning him House votes against striking Pelosi remarks from record MORE (D-Wash.) and Karen BassKaren Ruth Bass'Orange is the New Black' author to Congress: Reform 'patriarchal' criminal justice system Top Democrat: Mass incarceration in US is 'an embarrassment' Black Caucus leader calls Trump's attacks on minority lawmakers 'despicable' MORE (D-Calif.), aims to reform the way women are treated behind bars.  

The legislation would make it easier for incarcerated women to stay in touch with their families, reintegrate into their communities and receive "trauma-informed" care, according to a statement from the lawmakers. It would also mandate that incarcerated women receive "basic hygienic products" for free.

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"For too long, our criminal justice system has treated incarcerated women as an afterthought," Warren said in a statement. "The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act starts to change our country's approach to helping women in prison by ensuring that they are treated with dignity and equipping them with the tools, resources, and services they need to successfully return to their families and communities."

"Women face unique circumstances in prison. They are often victims of sexual abuse and trauma, and a majority are moms to small kids. The current federal prison system is not properly designed to address these unique circumstance," Booker said in the statement. "It’s time we restore justice to our broken justice system."

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Calif.), along with Warren, Booker and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinRepublicans scramble to contain Trump fallout Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric MORE (D-Ill.), first introduced the legislation in 2017.

Harris, Booker and Warren are among more than a dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020.