YES on HB 3227 - Better Support For Women In TX Prisons
There are a number of bills this session aimed at addressing some basic needs of incarcerated women in Texas and one of them is up for a hearing in the House Corrections Committee tomorrow, Thursday!
Rep. Donna Howard has authored a bill geared towards fixing deep gender disparities in job certification programs and educational opportunities available in prison.
For example, incarcerated men can choose from a list of 21 professions and have the option of walking out of prison a certified welder, cabinet maker or computer technologist.
However women only get two career certification choices in Texas prisons: “office administration” and “culinary arts/hospitality management." There are also noted disparities in education, technical training and rehabilitation programs offered to incarcerated women. Men can obtain higher education degrees while the same cannot be said for women in the system.
ACTION for 3/20/2019:
Even if you can't make it Thursday, please contact your representative and support this bill! If your rep is on the Corrections Committee, please send them our ready to go letter HERE. Even if your rep is NOT on the committee, we encourage you to contact them anyway and voice your support for this bill as it moves through the committee process!
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