This state has banned women from wearing tampons or menstrual cups during prison visits


Virginia is cracking down on prison contraband ‘ and alienating women in the process. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports,

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Officials say that the tampon ban is due to concerns that they could be used to smuggle contraband to prisoners.

 ‘As a result of recent inquiries about feminine hygiene products being an ideal way to conceal contraband ‘ offender visitors shall be notified that the use of tampons or menstrual cup products are no longer permitted to be worn during visitation,’ the DOC’s chief of operations, David Robinson, said in a memo to wardens.

Female staff members are exempt from the ban, which the ACLU of Virginia has decried as ‘discriminatory and humiliating.’

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Virginia Prisons Ban Visitors From Wearing Tampons, Citing Contraband Concerns

Starting next month, any women who visit inmates in Virginia’s prisons are banned from wearing tampons or menstrual cups.

The state’s Department of Corrections says its new rule is aimed at preventing contraband from being smuggled into its prisons.

VA is now NOT allowing visitors to wear a tampon or menstrual cup during visits…this is way over the line…

“That’s such a violation,” Jana White, a co-founder of the Virginia Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, who regularly visits an inmate in Waverly, Va., told the AP. “I can’t understand why we, the loved ones, have to go through this.”

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Virginia prisons to ban visitors from having tampons, menstrual cups

“That’s such a violation,” said Jana White, a co-founder of the Virginia Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth who makes regular visits to see an inmate at Sussex II State Prison in Waverly, Virginia.


In March 2017, the nation’s largest private prison operator reached an agreement with two women in Tennessee who sued after they were ordered to remove tampons or sanitary pads to prove they were menstruating and not trying to smuggle in contraband. The women sued Corrections Corp. of America, now named CoreCivic, and officers at South Central Correctional Facility, alleging that guards made them expose their genitals.

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To stop smuggling, Va. prisons ban visitors from entering while using tampons

Visitors to Virginia’s prison system will be prohibited from using tampons or menstrual cups inside the facilities to reduce the possibility of smuggling contraband, state corrections officials said Monday. The prisons will offer pads for use during visits.

Note: This story originally said inmates would have privileges reviewed if a violation occurred. It is visitors who will be reviewed.

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One by one, dozens of Georgia correctional officers have gone from being guards to being the guarded.

The last of 46 one-time prison guards was sentenced Thursday for using their uniforms and badges to smuggle what they believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine for the inmate Ghost Face gang. They are now prisoners themselves, much like the men and women they were once paid to watch.

The operation — much of it captured on video — is one of the biggest corruption scandals ever to hit Georgia’s prison system.

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