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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2017

Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-9313 or (cell) 402-326-4277
Dawn-Renee Smith, Dept of Correctional Services, (office) 402-479-5713 or (cell) 402-580-9495   

Phillips, Frakes respond to ACLU comments
about feminine products


NOTE: The ACLU Public Records Request to DHHS is available at:

— Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Scott Frakes, Director of the Department of Correctional Services (NDCS), reacted today with surprise and frustration to a news release issued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska with misleading information about the availability of feminine products for women receiving services at Correctional facilities and the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Geneva.

“An unlimited supply of feminine products are provided free of charge to the young women in our care,” said Phillips. “The products, Tampax and Always brands, include tampons, maxi pads, and panty liners, and they are located in every bathroom accessible to our female youth.” She added the youth are able to access these products directly without the need to ask for them.

“NDCS provides feminine hygiene products at no charge for women who are incarcerated,” said Frakes. “Sanitary napkins are available in the restrooms and on the housing unit. Additional items are available for purchase in the canteen.”

Phillips said the ACLU made a public records request only for the current price list for all items in the YRTC-Geneva canteen. The canteen carries some other brands of feminine products to offer wider choice, which are purchased at local stores and offered at cost. 

“Our goal is to meet the health and hygiene needs of our young women while being good stewards of our tax dollars, and we believe we are able to do both,” said Phillips. She said the Lincoln Regional Center and the Beatrice State Developmental Center, two other DHHS facilities providing services to women, also provide feminine products at no cost.