TEXAS — Prisons all around Texas are running low on hygiene products.
A shortage of toothpaste and deodorant are taking place in many Texas prisons because of a lapse in state contracts with outside providers.
They are not considered necessities by the administration.
For the roughly 151,000 inmates in the Texas prison system, there are 1,800 units of deodorant and 28,000 units of toothpaste left, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice figures.
At Texas prisons, inmates are automatically entitled to soap, razors and toothbrushes with 3-inch safety handles.
If they want deodorant or toothpaste, they have to buy it at the commissary.
In 2010, a stick of deodorant cost $1.85, and toothpaste cost between $1.20 and $2 per tube, according to a commissary price list.