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Friday, January 19, 2007

 

Condom distribution to prisoners advocated

`With studies showing that U.S. jails can’t enforce bans on sex between inmates, lawmakers and AIDS-prevention advocates say it’s time to start distributing condoms in Washington prisons.

Legislators are pushing a bill calling for a five-year plan to reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections among inmates.

Though the bill does not specify condom distribution, its prime sponsor, Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, said she hoped it would rekindle stalled discussions about providing inmates with protection. “We have to start somewhere,” she said.’




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