Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced the Preventing Violence Against Female Inmates Act, legislation to prohibit the Bureau of Prisons from housing prisoners with persons of the opposite sex. The legislation would require the Bureau of Prisons to house federal inmates according to their biological sex and would withhold certain federal grants from states that fail to do the same.

Senator Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) are co-sponsors of the legislation. Congressman Rick Crawford (Arkansas-01) is leading companion legislation in the House.

“President Biden’s plan to house male and female prisoners together puts women in danger. Documented cases prove that placing men—including men who ‘identify’ as women—in women’s prisons puts female inmates at increased risk of sexual assault. My bill will stop the president’s ill-conceived plan and keep men and women separated in federal prison,” said Senator Cotton.

“One of the main purposes of having sex-specific prisons is to protect incarcerated women from rape and other violent crimes. But some women’s prisons in Democrat-run jurisdictions are now placing violent biological men in women’s prisons on nothing more than a simple statement that the felon ‘identifies’ as a woman. President Biden and his allies want this dangerous and absurd policy imposed on the entire nation. This is another anti-woman policy embraced by a Democrat party that is unrecognizable from the one we knew growing up. It’s also anti-child, since it will lead to women being impregnated while incarcerated and having children born in the prison,” said Congressman Crawford.

Bill text may be found here.

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