Arizona prisons adds tampons to list of free female products

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The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will now provide free tampons as well as sanitary napkins to each female inmate in state prison. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will now provide free tampons as well as sanitary napkins to each female inmate in state prison. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will now provide free tampons as well as sanitary napkins to each female inmate in state prison.

Wednesday's announcement comes a week after the department announced it would triple the number of free sanitary napkins it automatically provides. The department previously only provided free tampons when medically needed.

[READ MORE: AZ Dept. of Corrections agrees to give inmates more free pads & tampons]

The number of free napkins was increased from 12 to 36 a month to head off a Democratic proposal in the Legislature to provide unlimited free tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products. Inmates could get more free napkins if needed but could only possess 24 at a time.

[READ MORE: Lawmaker, advocates work to give AZ inmates unlimited access to feminine hygiene products]

Democratic Rep. Athena Salman was pushing the proposal to provide unlimited hygiene products to about 3,900 female inmates at the state's women's prison west of Phoenix.

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