Report: Nebraska prisons, jails charge more for tampons

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A new report says female inmates in Nebraska’s prisons and largest jails are paying as much as 50 percent more for tampons and menstrual products than they would at local grocery stores and pharmacies.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said Thursday it has heard stories of female inmates bleeding for days in jail or prison because they don’t have access to tampons or pads.

ACLU of Nebraska attorney and policy counsel Scout Richters notes that not changing tampons regularly can lead to infections and toxic shock syndrome.

A state corrections spokeswoman says the department is reviewing the report.

The Lancaster County jail’s director disputes that inmates aren’t being served. He says his facility provides generic maxi pads for free but charges for name-brand items.