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Sunday, July 7, 2013

To cut STD rate, Calif considers condoms in prison

KCRA 3California prisoners have unprotected sexual contact, forced or consensual, even if both are illegal, and this reality often leads to the spread of HIV and other diseases in prisons and in communities where felons are paroled.

Setting up a difficult conversation, one state lawmaker says it's time to give inmates a way to practice safe sex behind bars to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than that of the general population.

The proposal from Oakland Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta comes despite a law prohibiting any sex between inmates, which creates a conflict that concerns both supporters and opponents of the legislation.

"It's a felony for prisoners to have sex while they're in prison, so I don't think it's good government for the state to encourage inmates to break the law," said Republican Assemblyman Dan Logue of Marysville.

Bonta's proposal would require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to make condoms available in five prisons by 2015 and expand the program to each of the state's 33 adult prisons no later than 2020.

The bill, AB999, passed the Assembly and is awaiting consideration in the state Senate. If it becomes law, California would be the second state behind Vermont, which has a fraction of the inmate population, to provide condoms to all prisoners. Canada, most of the European Union, Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa already take that step, according to legislative researchers.

Currently, condoms are contraband in California prisons, though the state has tried a distribution program before but on a temporary and limited basis. continue reading...


Anonymous said...

Not saying the inmates don't have sex with each other, but most of their STD's are from activity outside prison.

Anonymous said...

So to make sure they stab others safely, should we give them clean knives?

I mean those prison shanks are pretty dirty, we could probably cut down on the passing of illnesses etc.

You never stop a rule violation by making the rule easier to break. Common sense 101

Anonymous said...

That's right 4:12pm! This state is ass backwards and the three judge panel that consists of three Care Bears California is the softest state in the U.S. I believe. Just like sears we are the softer side of the U.S. bitches!