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Women Lawyers Exempt From Controversial Tampon Ban in Virginia Prisons

By William Vogeler, Esq. on September 26, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Virginia prisons may never escape the disgrace of "the tampon ban."

Prison officials have suspended the controversial ban, but the controversy is not going away. Somebody missed the memo that says you don't take away a woman's tampons and live to talk about it.

A state representative said the ban would not have applied to female attorneys. But that statement was too little, too late.

Female Attorneys

The Department of Corrections said the policy was supposed to stop women visitors from smuggling contraband into prison.

"There have been many instances in which visitors have attempted to smuggle drugs into our prisons by concealing those drugs in a body cavity, including the vagina," spokeswoman Lisa Kinney told the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Kinney said female attorneys and staff members would be exempt. The American Civil Liberties Union said this:

"A policy like this one that requires those who wish to visit people who are incarcerated to set aside their dignity and health is simply unacceptable," the ACLU of Virginia said.

"Systemic Failure"

The civil rights organization called upon officials to rethink the policy. Ya think?

Like, how are you going to enforce that and do you have life insurance? According to reports, officials have suspended the policy to address concerns.

Phyllis Randall, a former chairwoman of the state Board of Corrections, said the policy "represents a major systemic failure" and shows that officials "have lost the ability to effectively keep contraband out of Virginia's prisons."

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