Women inmates would be guaranteed access to hygiene products under legislation that was OK’d in its first committee Monday.
It’s the counterpart to legislation (HB 49) filed by state Reps. Shevrin Jones and Amy Mercado in the House.
Pizzo’s measure ensures access to feminine hygiene products, as well as toothbrushes, soap and other items at no cost to the inmates.
GOP Sen. Keith Perry, who chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, said the legislation was “much needed.”
Valencia Gunder, whose group “Dignity Florida” is advocating on behalf of the measure, praised the advancement of the bill from the first of its three committees on Monday.
“The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act is a step in the right direction to ensure that women and girls who find themselves trapped in the criminal justice system are safe, healthy and treated with respect,” Gunder said.
Gunder, whose advocacy stems in part from being jailed back in 2010, spoke with Florida Politics when the House version of the bill was introduced.
“When it comes to decreasing mass incarceration, women are not usually the center of conversation,” Gunder said. “We’re not asking for a lot.”