A bill that would make feminine hygiene products free in prisons statewide has the attention of lawmakers in Tennessee.
Currently, it costs women nearly $6 to purchase a box of tampons in prison. That doesn’t sound like a lot – before you realize that most women in Tennessee prisons are only paid .17¢ an hour for their labor. It can take an incarcerated woman up to 32 hours to make enough money to afford her tampons.
Tampons and pads aren’t the only basic hygiene products incarcerated women must purchase for themselves – they also have to buy toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap out of pocket.
Sadly, many incarcerated women sacrifice their own basic hygiene just so they can afford expensive phone calls home to children and loved ones. It shouldn’t have to be this way.
Senate Bill 75 and House Bill 129 would restore Dignity to Incarcerated Women by making these necessary hygiene items free of cost for women in Tennessee prisons.
Sign now to show your support for the bill.
No woman should have to choose between calling family and purchasing basic hygiene products. If SB 75 passes through committee, over 3,000 incarcerated women in Tennessee will be one step closer to never having to make that choice again.