The Big Picture

A map of the U.S. showing which states as well as D.C. and the federal government have protected access to menstrual items for female inmates in laws, rules, and handbooks.

This site breaks down whether states, D.C., and the federal government mention access to menstrual products for incarcerated women in laws, rules, and handbooks. The image to the left and the table and group lists below show which states have protected access in how many of these locations. Red states do not mention access in any of these locations. Pink states mention access in one of these locations. Yellow states mention access in two of these locations. Green is used only for places where access is mentioned in all three locations: law, handbooks, and rules.

Only three areas protect access to menstrual products for incarcerated women in all three places: Alabama, Colorado, and the federal government. A large number of states are pink 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.

AreaLawRuleHandbook
FederalXXX
AlabamaXXX
AlaskaX
ArizonaXX
ArkansasXX
CaliforniaXX
ColoradoXXX
ConnecticutXX
DelawareX
District of Columbia
FloridaX
GeorgiaX
HawaiiX
IdahoX
IllinoisX
IndianaX
Iowa
Kansas
KentuckyXX
LouisianaX
MaineX
MarylandXX
Massachusetts
MichiganX
MinnesotaX
MississippiXX
MissouriXX
MontanaX
NebraskaX
NevadaX
New Hampshire
New JerseyX
New MexicoX
New YorkXX
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, rules, and handbooks. For a table with linked citations, please click here.

Green

  • Federal Government
  • Alabama
  • Colorado

Yellow

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Virginia

Pink

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • 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

Red

  • District of Columbia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

Page last updated 14 Feb, 2022