A few years ago, we wrote about a bill in the California legislature that would force all newborns to go through the “death-row” of a state prison.
But now, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is seeking to impose similar rules on newborns.
The bill, SB 9, would mandate that newborns be given up to two days to go to the “natural death” of their bodies before they’re put on death row.
It would also require that newborn mothers, fathers, and brothers of babies under age two to undergo an “interrogation” to determine whether they’re in the “lawless and disorderly” category of newborns that have committed a crime, or whether they are innocent.
The proposed law would also make it a felony for a mother to leave her newborn without her consent, and it would make it illegal for a father to leave his newborn unattended, either alone or with a child.
In a statement to The Verge, the CDCR defended its new rule, saying that it “is an effective means to protect the safety and security of children.”
The agency also argued that the bill was necessary in order to ensure that newborn infants don’t become the “second generation” of murderers and that its goal was to ensure a “stable, stable environment for all children, including the youngest.”
According to the CDTRC, it will be up to parents and caretakers to decide whether to comply with the new law, and if so, when they will be forced to comply.
Parents and caregivers who are unsure whether they will comply with new state rules could be required to undergo a “mandatory assessment,” which will take place on the children’s behalf, according to the agency.
If they fail to comply, they will lose their parental rights.
Parents will be given two days in which to comply or face prosecution, and will be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
Parents who refuse to comply could be punished by being sent to prison, and, if convicted, face up to a $10,000 fine.
SB 9 is still in the state legislature and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate, but it has already made it through the California House and the California Senate.
If you want to know more about what’s going on in California’s “death in custody” law, here’s what you need to know.