Bonta’s Second Try for Distributing Condoms in State Jails Passes Assembly

ASSEMBLY | 18TH DISTRICT | Oakland Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s first attempt to expand the distribution of condoms to state inmates in order to fight the impacts of high rates of sexually-transmitted diseases failed last October when Gov. Jerry Brown sidestepped the issue and vetoed the bill.

This week, the State Assembly approved Bonta’s reworked bill that focuses this time around on formulating a five-year plan for the distribution of condom in state prisons. Sexual intercourse among prisoners, however, is illegal although Bonta has long stated the consequences of unprotected sex for both prisoners and the population, at large. “Sexually transmitted disease is a tragic reality of life in prison,” Bonta said last week.

The bill vetoed by Brown last year was more direct in allowing for a pilot program to begin distribution of condoms. Brown, though, did not tackle the efficacy of the program nor the potential health concerns. In a veto message, he wrote, “The Department [of Corrections and Rehabilitation] currently allows family visitors to bring condoms for the purpose of the family overnight visitation program.”

Within both iterations of the prison condom bill, economics play a large part in the effort. Bonta says the cost of the program could be as low a $1.39 per prisoner. Conversely, taxpayer-paid medical bills for incarcerated HIV/AIDS patients can run as high as $24,000 annually. “The data speaks for itself. Over the life of the patient, a single infection can cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars. The long-term benefits to vulnerable communities, and to the budget, are well-worth the modest state investment in providing condoms to state prisoners,” he said.

Bonta has another prison-related bill up for reconsideration from the last legislative session. A bill allowing community colleges full funding for courses offered in jails awaits a vote before the full Assembly. Bills from the previous session must be approved in the house of their origin before this Friday.



Categories: #AD18, Assembly, bills, community colleges, condoms, inmates, Jerry Brown, legislation, legislature, Oakland, prisons

81 replies

  1. This bill will be the NEW law in the state. It saves us much dinero and I'm for saving us taxpayers millions.

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  2. You couldn't get any dumber if you tried. IT COST US TAXPAYERS TOO MUCH MONEY IF PRISONERS GET SICK. I'm a conservative who is realistic and this bill saves us money! It's the courts that gave them lifetime medical. If you want to do something about that, change the law. In the meantime don't be stupid.

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  3. Bob has violated his oath to uphold the constitution of the US and the state of CA. He is espousing promotion of gay sex in the prisons. This is illegal. Period.

    We can never support anyone who violates his oath of office, promotes law-breaking and disgusting behavior

    He needs to be impeaches even before he loses. Bob is an embarrassment to one and all.

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  4. I'm all for it this bill. Better to buy condoms then to pay for expensive medical care for years and years and years and years………..Very few people will die from aids, but they will be treated with expensive drugs till they eventually die from old age after years of super expensive treatment you idiot. This will be a huge unnecessary cost to us taxpayers, but is required by law. Medical treatment is thousands of times more costly than rubbers. You sound like a religious fanatic who doesn't care what it costs us taxpayers.

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  5. We believe in having our legislators UPHOLD the law, not pick their nose and then thumb it to the public.

    Gay sex in prisons is illegal. Period. That doesn't change.

    Bob is encouraging this behavior, and the public won't stand for it.

    As for costs to taxpayers, you have no idea what costs are. You've never reviewed the state budge, have no grasp of figures, and are only persuaded by liberal, union, sound bytes for whom you troll. The public won't have it, and neither will I.

    Go back to school, take an accounting course, one on public health, and one on civics. I don't have the time, patience or interest in suffering fools such as you, gladly or otherwise.

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  6. This new bill will change the law plus save us money and I'm all for it. That's why Rob is well liked in his District and Sacramento. Conservatives and liberals love him.

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  7. If they could have enforced the law they would have already done so. So if this bill saves the state millions of dollars….I'm all for it.

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  8. That's right. When you can't 'enforce' a law, just say 'whatever!'

    Well that's not how our government works. Rule of law trumps your ultra-liberal views and apologist ramblings.

    Law-abiding, taxpayers like us will ALWAYS support those who don't pay lip-service to the oaths they take.

    We said it before and we'll say it again: Bob continues to pack it in the ass.

    Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from whence you came. Also, take some courses in public health, civics, and certainly economics. Your complete lack of understanding about legislative process overwhelms you.

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  9. This new bill will change the law plus save us money and I'm all for it. That's why Rob is well liked in his District and Sacramento. Conservatives and liberals love him.

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  10. Because Dave Erlich respects the law, he gets our votes.

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  11. I'm all for it this bill. Better to buy condoms then to pay for expensive medical care for years and years and years and years………..Very few people will die from aids, but they will be treated with expensive drugs till they eventually die from old age after years of super expensive treatment you idiot. This will be a huge unnecessary cost to us taxpayers, but is required by law. Medical treatment is thousands of times more costly than rubbers. You sound like a religious fanatic who doesn't care what it costs us taxpayers.

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  12. Dave Erlich gets our vote and here's why:

    That's right. When you can't 'enforce' a law, just say 'whatever!'

    Well that's not how our government works. Rule of law trumps your ultra-liberal views and apologist ramblings.

    Law-abiding, taxpayers like us will ALWAYS support those who don't pay lip-service to the oaths they take.

    We said it before and we'll say it again: Bob continues to pack it in the ass.

    Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from whence you came. Also, take some courses in public health, civics, and certainly economics. Your complete lack of understanding about legislative process overwhelms you.

    Person above really needs to be deported…back to Bizerkeley!

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  13. This new bill will change the law plus save us money and I'm all for it. That's why Rob is well liked in his District and Sacramento. Conservatives and liberals love him.

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  14. This new bill will change the law plus save us money and I'm all for it. That's why Rob is well liked in his District and Sacramento. Conservatives and liberals love him.

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  15. I'm a taxpayer and Rob Bonta's definitely right on this one. This will save us a lot of money on medical care, which is required by the law. The courts have ruled. You may not like it, and frankly, I don't like that they get better medical care than most of us.

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  16. Dave Erlich gets our vote and here's why:

    That's right. When you can't 'enforce' a law, just say 'whatever!'

    Well that's not how our government works. Rule of law trumps your ultra-liberal views and apologist ramblings.

    Law-abiding, taxpayers like us will ALWAYS support those who don't pay lip-service to the oaths they take.

    We said it before and we'll say it again: Bob continues to pack it in the ass.

    Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from whence you came. Also, take some courses in public health, civics, and certainly economics. Your complete lack of understanding about legislative process overwhelms you.

    Person above really needs to be deported…back to Bizerkeley!

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  17. You couldn't get any dumber if you tried. IT COST US TAXPAYERS TOO MUCH MONEY IF PRISONERS GET SICK. I'm a conservative who is realistic and this bill saves us money! It's the courts that gave them lifetime medical. If you want to do something about that, change the law. In the meantime don't be stupid.

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  18. Dave Erlich gets our vote and here's why:

    That's right. When you can't 'enforce' a law, just say 'whatever!'

    Well that's not how our government works. Rule of law trumps your ultra-liberal views and apologist ramblings.

    Law-abiding, taxpayers like us will ALWAYS support those who don't pay lip-service to the oaths they take.

    We said it before and we'll say it again: Bob continues to pack it in the ass.

    Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from whence you came. Also, take some courses in public health, civics, and certainly economics. Your complete lack of understanding about legislative process overwhelms you.

    Person above really needs to be deported…back to Bizerkeley!

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  19. I'm a taxpayer and Rob Bonta's definitely right on this one. This will save us a lot of money on medical care, which is required by the law. The courts have ruled. You may not like it, and frankly I don't like it that they get better medical care than most of us.

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  20. Bob still packs in the ass.

    Dave Erlich gets our vote and here's why:

    That's right. When you can't 'enforce' a law, just say 'whatever!'

    Well that's not how our government works. Rule of law trumps your ultra-liberal views and apologist ramblings.

    Law-abiding, taxpayers like us will ALWAYS support those who don't pay lip-service to the oaths they take.

    We said it before and we'll say it again: Bob continues to pack it in the ass.

    Please do us all a favor and crawl back under the rock from whence you came. Also, take some courses in public health, civics, and certainly economics. Your complete lack of understanding about legislative process overwhelms you.

    Person above really needs to be deported…back to Bizerkeley!

    Like

  21. You couldn't get any dumber if you tried. IT COST US TAXPAYERS TOO MUCH MONEY IF PRISONERS GET SICK. I'm a conservative who is realistic and this bill saves us money! It's the courts that gave them lifetime medical. If you want to do something about that, change the law. In the meantime don't be stupid.

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  22. Mrs. Miller and I will be supporting Dave Erlich. We can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and would be in above their head, Bob Bonta. We also would never support anyone who whores for the unions.

    We'll be supporting a breath of fresh air, CONGRESSMAN ERIC SWALWELL 2014!

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  23. Two for one. All…….right!!!!!!!!

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  24. Mrs. Miller and I will be supporting Dave Erlich. We can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and would be in above their head, Bob Bonta. We also would never support anyone who whores for the unions.

    We'll be supporting a breath of fresh air, ASSEMBLYMAN DAVE ERLICH 2014!

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  25. I'm a taxpayer and Rob Bonta's definitely right on this one. This will save us a lot of money on medical care, which is required by the law. The courts have ruled. You may not like it, and frankly I don't like it that they get better medical care than most of us.

    Like

  26. Mrs. Miller and I will be supporting Dave Erlich. We can't support novices who have no idea what they are doing and would be in above their head, Bob Bonta. We also would never support anyone who whores for the unions.

    We'll be supporting a breath of fresh air, ASSEMBLYMAN DAVE ERLICH 2014!

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  27. This new bill will change the law plus save us money and I'm all for it. That's why Rob is well liked in his District and Sacramento. Conservatives and liberals love him.

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  28. This new bill will subvert the law plus cost taxpayers plenty for condoms, and we're all against it! That's why Bob is ridiculed in his district and Sac. town. Conservatives and moderates will vote his ass out and vote in ASSEMBLYMAN DAVE ERLICH!

    We're agreed!

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  29. Most of the Assembly district are in favor of this bill because it saves us money. Rob Bonta will win with over 80% of the vote. If you think Erlich has a chance you are even dumber politically than your candidate!

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  30. This new bill will subvert the law plus cost taxpayers plenty for condoms, and we're all against it! That's why Bob is ridiculed in his district and Sac. town. Conservatives and moderates will vote his ass out and vote in ASSEMBLYMAN DAVE ERLICH!

    We're agreed!

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  31. You couldn't get any dumber if you tried. IT COST US TAXPAYERS TOO MUCH MONEY IF PRISONERS GET SICK. I'm a conservative who is realistic and this bill saves us money! It's the courts that gave them lifetime medical. If you want to do something about that, change the law. In the meantime don't be stupid.

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