House Bill 2222: The Dignity Act Arizona
By request of females incarcerated in Arizona prisons, the Director shall provide an unlimited supply of feminine hygiene products. Notwithstanding any other law, the Director may not charge incarcerated women for a feminine hygiene product. Feminine hygiene products include tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual sponges, menstrual cops and similar items used for the menstrual cycle.
Bill Status: The bill stalled in committee but shortly after its first hearing, the Arizona Department of corrections changes its policy to supply up to 36 pads per month.
“Effective immediately, the department will increase the minimum baseline quantity that inmates receive each month, from 12 to 36,” the Arizona Department of Corrections said in a statement. “As is the current practice, an inmate may request and, without charge, receive additional pads, if necessary. Additional product options will continue to be available through the inmate store.”
Bill Author: Representative Athena Salman
Coauthors: Alston, Andrade, Blanc, Bolding, Cardenas, Chávez, Clark, Espinoza, Fernandez, Gonzales, Hernandez, Powers Hannley, Rios, Saldate, Senators Mendez, Peshlakai
Formerly Incarcerated Women Leading the Charge:
Sue Ellen Allen