Senate Approves Condom Distribution in Prisons
The California Senate on Thursday voted 21-18 to approve legislation (AB 1334) that would allow not-for-profit organizations and public health agencies to distribute condoms and dental dams in prisons, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Assembly member Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda) introduced the measure, which Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) said would help curb the spread of HIV among inmates.
However, Sen. George Runner (R-Lancaster) said the legislation would send an inconsistent message to prisoners by making condoms and dental dams available when sex is prohibited among prisoners.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) vetoed similar legislation last year, but advocates hope changes to the measure will win the governor's approval this year (McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, 9/7).