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Tampons are already free for inmates in Colorado state prisons, but a new bill would make them free in local jails too

March 12, 2019

 

"In February, anti-jail activist Elisabeth Epps spent 16 nights in the Arapahoe County Jail after being convicted of interfering with police. She had her period on the first day."

 

“It was 10 days before I got a feminine hygiene product," Epps told 9NEWS in February while serving her work-release sentence. "So I feel like even men understand the math. That’s too late.”

 

"When State Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) heard Epps was required to order tampons through commissary, and then wait for the shipment, she introduced a bill to change that."

 

"Some women are provided some types of sanitary products,"Herod said. "It is inconsistent across counties. That may be a pad. That may be a liner. That may be toilet paper.”

 

 

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