For Immediate Release: August 15, 2017
Response to Federal Bureau of Prisons Making Feminine Hygiene Products Free for Incarcerated Women
From: U.S. Senator Cory Booker
“I’m encouraged that the Bureau of Prisons is finally explicitly requiring these health care products be provided free of charge to incarcerated women at all BOP facilities. But a policy memo is just words on a piece of paper unless it’s properly enforced. I’ll be monitoring to ensure that BOP is implementing this new policy consistently at all federal prisons. I’ll also be working to advance other important reforms included in the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.”
From: Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50 and Mayor of Mill Valley, CA
This BOP policy change is an important first step and provides us all with a glimmer of hope. More than 12,000 incarcerated women will now receive access to necessary sanitary and hygiene products - free of charge.
But there is a lot more work to do. Just a few months ago, the issue of incarcerated women received little national media attention. It was the the hard work of Senators Booker and Warren, joined by Senators Harris and Durbin, introducing the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act that thrust these issues into the national spotlight.
Now is the time to build bipartisan support and national attention for other elements of the bill. We will be rallying millions of advocates and allies from across the country to come together and push for the passage of the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act in Congress.