Bill steering some pregnant inmates to rehab advances

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - In a state struggling with a surging female incarceration rate, the law of averages - and human nature - make it inevitable that pregnant women end up in Kentucky's jails.

Looking for an alternative to locking up expectant mothers, some lawmakers are pushing a bill to set conditions to transfer some pregnant inmates into rehabilitation centers.

The proposal would apply to mothers-to-be awaiting trial on nonviolent charges and is a recognition that many are in custody for drug offenses in a state overwhelmed by drug addiction.

Sen. Julie Raque Adams says her bill recognizes there's a chance to protect the unborn baby and turn around the expectant mother's life.

The bill cleared its first hurdle Thursday when the Senate Health and Welfare Committee advanced it.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus