Article originally posted here on April 12, 2017
Houston County Jail inmates have long complained at the atrocious and unsanitary conditions in which they are confined, many being held for years, unable to bond out and denied basic human rights, as they await trial.
Today, Alabama lawmakers have passed a bill requiring county jails to give inmates feminine hygiene products for free.
The House Public Safety Committee unanimously passed the motion on Wednesday.
Legislators said the bill was a “common sense” measure and questioned why some jails weren’t already providing female inmates with such products.
Arley Republican Rep. Tim Wadsworth is sponsoring the bill and says some smaller county jails aren’t giving the products to women who cannot provide them for themselves. Lawmakers asked the sponsor to compile a list of those facilities.
The legislation will now move to the full House of Representatives.