Women in Prison

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety is suspending a controversial prison policy before it takes effect.  Officials had planned to ban women visiting prisons from using tampons, because they claimed those sanitary products could be used to smuggle-in contraband. 


Women make up 15%of Virginia’s jail and prison population, but the number of female inmates is rising rapidly.  The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a report on why that’s happening and what should be done.