Federal prisons required to make tampons, pads available

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  • Feminine hygiene products had previously been available to inmates for purchase
  • The change comes a month after a bill to reform federal prison policies for female inmates

(CNN)Federal prisons are now required to provide female inmates with a range of feminine hygiene products free of charge, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

A memo, issued by the bureau this month, requires all federal facilities that house female inmates to make two sizes of tampons and maxi pads available, in addition to panty liners.