There is a higher rate of injury and illness in female inmates, than men. HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and STDs are very common,
Women are deprived of sanitary products, such as tampons and pads, leaving them to bleed all over themselves and suffer humiliation. Women are given 2 pads for the duration of their period. “Prisons control their wards by keeping sanitation just out of reach. Stains on clothes seep into self-esteem and serve as an indelible reminder of one’s powerlessness in prison.”
Over 80% of women in prison ere poverty stricken, making less than $2000 a year and 90% made less than $10,000 a year.