So if you’re incarcerated in a federal prison, you are guaranteed access to free tampons and pads. If you’re in a local or state facility, however, you have to pay for them.
And for people who can’t pay? Makeshift solutions made from supplies like toilet paper or cloth. Which is not only a possible health or sanitation concern, but incredibly demeaning and stressful.
In this case, GOP Rep. Richard Pickett explicitly said that incarcerated people shouldn’t get additional access to menstrual products because “the jail system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club,” as reported by Alex Acquisto, a reporter for the Bangor Daily News.