KMJ — A bill that would allow condoms to be distributed in California prisons has advanced in
The Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act passed the California State Assembly on Thursday.
Despite sexual activity being prohibited in prisons, the bill's supporters say it still occurs, and the risk of contracting a disease is substantially higher.
AB-999 cites results from a pilot program conducted inside Solano State Prison, which showed that when condoms are distributed, they're often used.
According to the California Department of Public Health, the average cost per patient with HIV in the Medi-Cal system is nearly $24,000 dollars a year, while condom distribution costs $1.39 per prisoner to implement.
The bill now heads to the California State Senate for consideration.