What This Is

A doctoral research project, a database, and a resource for women, families, friends, and advocates for change. This website is a collection of all the information I have gathered on women’s federal and state prisons in the U.S. and access to menstrual hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, panty liners, etc. All of the information is publicly accessible, linked to the source wherever possible, and dated.

If you find this website useful, please consider supporting my research by setting up an interview, taking my survey, or sharing the recruitment materials. Please note that nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice and referenced materials may not reflect new policies.

**A quick note that this issue exists in other facilities such as jails and immigration detention centers. Also, not every woman menstruates and not everyone who menstruates is a woman. As I am just a sole student with limited resources, there is only so much I can do, but it is my hope that this work will be used as a springboard for further study and I encourage other researchers to build on what I have started.**

Information by Category

Full List of Women’s Prisons

A complete list of all federal and state women’s prisons in the U.S. with links to their websites.

State Laws Around Access

A table of state laws around access to menstrual hygiene products like sanitary napkins, tampons, and panty liners and links to relevant resources.

Federal Prison Information

A table of federal prisons that house women, as well as a link to their websites, the price of pads and tampons in their commissary, and whether the inmate handbooks mention these items specifically.

State Prison Information

A table of state prisons and whether their inmate handbooks mention menstrual products, as well as links to relevant resources.

A table of guidelines, policies, directives, etc around access to menstrual products in state prisons.

Media Coverage by State

Since 2015, there have been a number of articles on this issue in specific locations. This is a collection of those articles

Putting it all together for a full picture of access to menstrual products for incarcerated women.

Women’s Prison Locations

A map showing the location of every women’s prison in the U.S.

All information and images for federal prisons taken from the Federal Bureau of Prisons site on female offenders
Information and images for state prisons taken from state Department of Corrections sites.


Page last updated Nov 25, 2021