Prison chiefs are ridiculed by activists over plans to sell tampons to male inmates

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Prison chiefs are ridiculed by activists over plans to sell tampons to male inmates

  • Campaigners call plan to sell tampons in men’s prisons a ‘complete waste of time’
  • The meeting minutes show the plan to add feminine hygiene products to the canteen list
  • There are only two male inmates, born women serving sentences in male prisons

Prison leaders have been accused of “ridiculous” plans to sell tampons to inmates in men’s prisons.

Minutes of meetings of the Prison and Probation Service’s Transgender Advisory Board include a proposal to add feminine hygiene products to the “canteen list” of items that can be purchased in more than 100 male prisons in England and Wales.

The minutes for February, obtained under the freedom of information rules, say: ‘[Redacted] suggested that having one canteen list would help, as everyone, including transgender inmates, would have access to the same items – for example, tampons in male jails for transgender men. ‘

Prison chiefs accused of ‘ridiculous’ plans to sell tampons to men’s prison inmates

The board recommended reviewing the plan and minutes of a subsequent meeting, stating, “It was mentioned that prison canteen lists turned out to be different for prisons in the women’s and men’s estates. The question was asked whether the lists could be consistent, especially the canteen list for transgender prisoners. ‘

But activists described the plan as a “complete waste of time” given the near-total absence of inmates in male prisons who would need sanitary products.

The Justice Department said last night that there are two male inmates born as women serving sentences in men’s prisons.

Dr. Kate Coleman, director of the Keep Prison’s Single Sex campaign group, said, “This is ridiculous. It’s just a politically correct virtue signaling for the sake of it. ‘

Campaigners described the plan as a

Campaigners described the plan as a ‘complete waste of time’ given the near-total absence of inmates in male prisons who would require sanitary products [File photo]

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