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Virginia Prisons Ban Visitors From Wearing Tampons, Citing Contraband Concerns

A spokeswoman said that visitors wearing tampons will be offered pads.

Starting next month, any women who visit inmates in Virginia's prisons are banned from wearing tampons or menstrual cups.

The state's Department of Corrections says its new rule is aimed at preventing contraband from being smuggled into its prisons.

"If someone chooses to visit a Virginia Department of Corrections inmate, he or she cannot have anything hidden the . "There have been many instances in which visitors have attempted to smuggle drugs into our prisons by concealing those drugs in a body cavity, including the vagina."

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