Fil-Am assemblyman authors 'prison condoms' bill

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Aug 25 2014 09:50 AM | Updated as of Aug 25 2014 05:50 PM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A bill authored by California’s first Filipino American state assemblyman has made its way to the Governor’s desk.

Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta’s AB 966, The Prisoner Protections for Family and Community Health Act, has been passed by the state legislature and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature.

The bill, based off a pilot program in California’s state prison in Solano County, would give prisoners access to condoms.

Despite sodomy being illegal while incarcerated, the law says that studies show last year over a thousand inmates had contracted sexually transmitted diseases.

The average cost to treat each inmate was at about $30,000.