People in Incarceration
Women held in local jails represent the fastest growing population of incarcerated people in the US. “Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%,” according to The Sentencing Project. Meanwhile, jails often do not consider that trans-men may need reproductive health care and products that are usually associated with women, even if they are housed in male facilities.
How can we fight for the basic human needs of people who have periods in prison systems that were built with only male needs in mind?
Did you know...
In 2016, New York City became the first in the country to pass legislation requiring jails to provide free pads and tampons. Still, most inmates say the monthly supplies provided do not meet their needs.
Women at Rikers Island receive an average of 11 pads per month, only allowing for a change about every 12 hours during an average menstrual cycle.
In 2018, federal prisons started providing free pads and tampons, but since most incarcerated women are housed in state prisons, fewer than 10% benefit from this change.
What can we do about it?
Unlike those in poverty and homelessness, incarcerated people cannot benefit from support through donations due to heavy restrictions. Therefore, we must address this issue by changing regulations and demanding that proper care be provided to incarcerated women. The Dignity Campaign aims to improve the quality of life of incarcerated women.
Find out how you can help relieve the burden of a period.