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Maine GOP legislator says, offering occupants menstrual cycle products the prison a “country club”: report

Rep. of Richard Pickett, a Republican state legislator in Maine, allegedly said that the free feminine hygiene products would make in-state prisons, the prison system seem like a “country club.”
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A Republican legislator in Maine, allegedly said that the free tampons, pads and menstrual cups, which would make those in the state prisons, the system seems like a “country club.”

Rep. Richard Pickett on Friday, during a hearing against a bill that would guarantee women’s hygiene products in state prisons, according to Alex Acquisto, a reporter at Bangor Daily News, who tweeted about the hearing.

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“To be quite honest, and I don’t mean that in any disrespect, the prison system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club,” Pickett reportedly said. “You have a right to this, and you have it. If this is not the case, then I support the movement, but you can do it.”

The bill States that women in the justice system prisons, “the right to comprehensive access to menstrual products, including, but not limited to, sanitary pads, tampons, and menstrual cups, free of charge, provided the person in custody.”

Pickett allegedly said the law is the attempt by lawmakers to “micromanage” the criminal justice system.

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Democratic Republic of Charlotte Warren, the Sponsor of the bill, answered, online, tweeting, “made access to tampons, never have, I feel like I ‘m hangin’ at the Country Club.”

Earlier this month, Warren, to Beacon, Maine, said that “unrestricted access to menstrual products to detainees, an issue of human dignity.”

State prisons and local jails in Maine are not required by law, free menstrual products, the news outlet reported. An online manual for the Maine correction Center in Windham, for example, States that “female hygiene products” must be purchased in the canteen. It also States that the amount of such products received by prisoners, is “determined by the system.”

Whitney Parrish, of the Maine Women’s Lobby, expressed on Friday support for the bill. You in detail what is happening with prisoners, imprisoned for their time.

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“You get a limited supply of menstrual products per month, often of low quality due to the cost saving, and if you run, you are out there,” Parrish said. “You have no money to go to commissary, and if you do this, you can weigh the purchase against other necessary things, like phone calls to your children or lawyer. You are forced to build the impossible decision of your own menstrual cycle products, with everything from clothing, or notebook paper instead of a tampon.”

Pickett did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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