ASSEMBLY BILL 202 (YOUNG – 1911)
CHAPTER 466, STATUTES OF 1911 - AB 202
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Only former section 1616 of the Penal Code, the historical derivation of current Penal Code section 4021, was affected in 1911 following legislative passage of Assembly Bill 202. (See Exhibit #1c) Assembly member C.C. Young introduced Assembly Bill 202 on January 9, 1911 at the request of the State Board of Charities and Corrections. (See Exhibits #1a and #12, page 12)
Assembly Bill 202 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on County and Township Governments and the Senate Committee on Printing and Revision where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit #2) One amendment was made to Assembly Bill 202 during the legislative process. (See Exhibits #1b and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Hiram W. Johnson signed the bill on April 15, 1911 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 466 of the Statutes of 1911. (See Exhibits #1c and #2)
As introduced, former section 1616 read as follows:
§1616. Whenever any female prisoner or prisoners are confined in any county jail in the state, and no regular jail matron has been appointed, there shall be designated some suitable woman who shall have immediate care of such female prisoner or prisoners.
Such female prisoners shall be so kept that they cannot see or be seen by, or converse with, any male prisoners confined in said jail, and it shall be unlawful for any male officer or jailer to search the person of any female prisoner, or to enter into the room or cell occupied by any female prisoner, except in the company of such matron or woman having the care of such female prisoner.
(See Exhibit #1a, page 1)