The Big Picture

An image of the U.S. which is color-coded to show which jurisdictions mention prison provision of menstrual products in the laws, policies, and inmate handbooks. 
Jurisdictions which mention prison access to menstrual products in every category (black): Alabama, Colorado, New York, and the federal government. 
Jurisdictions which mention prison access to menstrual products in two categories (square-pattern): Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, and Virginia.
Jurisdictions which mention prison access to menstrual products in one categorie (dotted): Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawai'i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 
Jurisdictions which do not mention prison access to menstrual products at all are (blank): Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
A map of the U.S. showing which states as well as the federal government have protected access to menstrual items for female inmates in laws, policies, and handbooks.

This site breaks down whether states and the federal government mention access to menstrual products for incarcerated women in laws, policies, and handbooks. The image above and the table and group lists below show which states have protected access in how many of these locations. Blank states do not mention access in any of these locations. Dotted states mention access in one of these locations. Square-pattern states mention access in two of these locations. Black is used only for jurisdictions where access is mentioned in all three locations: law, policies, and handbooks.

Only four areas protect access to menstrual products for incarcerated women in all three places: Alabama, Colorado, New York, and the federal government. A large number of states are doted only because they have recently passed legislation, and there are states in a variety of sections of the U.S. which do not mention menstrual products at all-such as the northeast, mid-Atlantic, southeast, and central plains.

AreaLawPolicyHandbook
FederalXXX
AlabamaXXX
AlaskaX
ArizonaXX
ArkansasXX
CaliforniaX
ColoradoXXX
ConnecticutXX
DelawareX
FloridaX
GeorgiaX
HawaiiX
IdahoX
IllinoisX
IndianaX
Iowa
Kansas
KentuckyX
LouisianaX
MaineX
MarylandXX
Massachusetts
MichiganX
MinnesotaX
MississippiXX
MissouriXX
MontanaX
NebraskaX
NevadaX
New Hampshire
New JerseyX
New MexicoX
New YorkXXX
North CarolinaX
North DakotaX
OhioX
OklahomaX
OregonX
PennsylvaniaX
Rhode IslandX
South CarolinaX
South Dakota
TennesseeX
TexasX
UtahX
Vermont
VirginiaXX
WashingtonX
West VirginiaX
WisconsinX
Wyoming
Which areas mention giving menstrual products to incarcerated women in their laws, policies, and handbooks. For a table with linked citations, please click here.

Black

  • Federal Government
  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • New York

Square-pattern

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Virginia

Dotted

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Blank

  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

Page last updated 28 May, 2022