Requires correctional facilities to provide incarcerated women with necessary feminine hygiene products, including tampons, sanitary napkins, toothpaste, and no-lye soap at no additional cost.
There are 6,658 women incarcerated in state run prisons and 7,861 women incarcerated in county detention facilities.
Women do not have control over their menstrual cycles and should not have to pay for menstrual products while incarcerated. The average woman uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle but incarcerated women in florida report receiving as few as 10 pads per month and one roll of toilet paper per week.
There is no Florida law that ensures access to feminine hygiene products in detention centers. This measure removes an additional economic barrier for incarcerated women.