Bill giving Alabama jail inmates free feminine hygiene products moves forward

Article originally posted here on April 12, 2017
Jail Cell
Jail Cell (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Wife of jail commander arrested on felony theft charge

Denise Reed, wife of Houston County Jail Commander Keith Reed was arrested Monday on felony theft charges
Denise Reed, wife of Houston County Jail Commander Keith Reed was arrested Monday on felony theft charges

Arrested by the Dothan Police Department, Denise Reed, wife of Houston County Jail Commander Keith Reed was arrested Monday on felony theft charges. Reed, according to investigators, is accused of stealing jewelry valued at almost $4000.00 dollars from a Dothan jewelry store.

It is alleged that Keith Reed has been running the jail with an iron fist, violating inmates civil and constitutional rights by incorrectly assuming that every inmate is guilty assigning himself as judge and jury without due process and denying them exercise, religious materials, maintaining a freezing cold living environment and failing to protect inmates under PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) laws, creating an environment hazardous to mental and physical health.

Why else would you prevent the toilets from flushing more than twice an hour even though they are used by up to 30 people in the same pod and are constantly full of blood, urine and faeces?

It would appear that Denise Reed was processed far quicker than most and released before being issued her orange jumpsuit, so she probably wasn’t subjected to those same degradations that the other inmates in the pods face, whilst awaiting trial, likewise she probably, and rightly so enjoyed the presumption of innocence that is seemingly absent for the rest of the people detained there. Reed posted a $5,000 bond and was released from the jail.