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H.R. 5575: Pathway to Parenting Act of 2018

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About the bill

219 thousand women in the U.S. are in jails, and 80 percent of them are mothers. In some extreme cases they can have little to no visitation rights with their children, or can even be shackled or put in straitjackets while pregnant. That’s even though 60 percent of them are held in jail pre-trial without being convicted of a crime.

A bill recently introduced in the House by a Republican aims to reform the penal system for mothers or expectant mothers.

What the bill does

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Sponsor and status

Scott Taylor

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 10 pages

Apr 18, 2018


Introduced on Apr 18, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 18, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 18, 2018

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If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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H.R. 5575 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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