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Virginia prisons ban visitors from wearing tampons inside

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WASHINGTON (Circa) — A new Virginia Department of Corrections rule will prohibit visitors from using feminine hygiene products, like tampons and menstrual cups, while visiting inmates in Virginia prisons

A letter released by the Nottoway Correctional Center says the new policy is in response to “recent inquires in regards to feminine hygiene products being an ideal way to conceal contraband.”

A Virginia Department of Corrections spokesperson told a local news station in Richmond that the facilities will offer pads to woman who are wearing tampons while visiting a prison, so the tampons don’t appear as contraband.

Visitors who do not follow the new rule will lose their visitation for the day and will have their visitation privileges reviewed.

The rule will start on Oct. 6, 2018

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