SACRAMENTO (KCBS)— Legislation that would require officials to distribute condoms in all California state prisons is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), says the inten is to protect inmates from sexually- transmitted diseases.
Critics have argued that the bill, AB 966, isn’t necessary since sexual activity between prisoners is illegal, but Bonta says sexual activity between inmates is a reality.READ MORE: UPDATE: Fawn Fire Grows to 6,850 Acres in Shasta County; No New Structures Destroyed
“We shape our policies best based on realities as it exists. We’ve had needle exchanges throughout this country even though needles are used for some illicit drug use,” he countered.
The bill passed in the state Senate Thursday, after passing in the Assembly in January.READ MORE: Costco Limits Water, Toilet Paper, Other Purchases Due To Supply Chain Delays
The legislation would require the state department of corrections to develop a five-year plan to distribute condoms to inmates.