Lawsuit Demands Shasta County Provide Free Tampons to Female Inmates

Shasta County is one of more than 20 California counties listed as part of the class action lawsuit.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Dec 21, 2018 6:31 PM

Shasta County is just one out of more than 20 counties in California listed as part of a class action lawsuit asking jails to provide free tampons for female inmates.

The 109-page lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court by Bay Area attorney Paula Canny earlier this week.

Canny said she was appalled to learn that so many counties in California charged for the feminine products when state and federal facilities do not.

“So my lawsuit is suing the Sacramento County Sheriff to be precluded from charging $0.25 for a tampon and to direct the State Board of Community Corrections to tell every county that is still charging that they're not lawfully permitted to charge inmates for tampons.”

Canny says under certain statutes, jails are required to provide female inmates with tampons and/or pads.

But some counties have interpreted that to mean one or the other, which she says is incorrect and hopes her lawsuit will clarify.

We spoke with Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko and Shasta County supervisor Les Baugh who both said they could not comment on pending litigation.

But they did say the county does supply feminine napkins at no charge to inmates.

Other counties that charge for tampons included in the lawsuit are:

El Dorado
Fresno
Imperial
Kings
Lassen
Los Angeles
Placer
Sacramento
San Joaquin
Sutter
Tehama
Tulare
Tuolumne
Ventura
And Yolo

Alameda, Madera, Marin and Modoc counties do not currently sell or provide tampons to inmates.

Monterrey, Orange, San Bernardino, Sierra and Siskiyou counties did not respond to Canny’s policy requests.

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