Jailhouse sex: Inmates get condom machines

September 8, 2010

Here’s a first (we think):  Authorities have installed 16 condom machines for use by the 750 prisoners at the San Francisco County Jail’s San Bruno lockup. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Even though sex between the inmates is illegal, the condom dispensers are the latest step in the facility’s safe-sex program that dates back to 1989.

No taxpayer money was used for the machines. Costs were covered by small grants from UCSF and nonprofit organizations.

The sex already takes place, says Kate Monico Klein, who is directing the program for the city’s Public Health Department. “If (providing condoms) saves one or two lives, it’s worth it,” she said.

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I know conservatives see this kind of forward thinking as giving them permission, and at first gut check it would appear that it is, but I think the bigger picture is that this is a public health isue. Diseases dont know societal boundaries and the more diseases like hepatitas, aids and other sexually transmitted or blood and bodily fluid transferable diseases are given places to incubate the more chance there is that they will find their way to your neck of the woods.

This is a start. Now more work needs to be done eliminating jail and prison rape.

“more work needs to be done eliminating jail and prison rape”

Well said TP. The worst thing that we as a society can do to an incarcerated person is to further degrade them and instill their own believes of victimization, helplessness and circumstance rather than they recognize responsibility, false beliefs and poor choices. This does so much damage and circumvents any ideas about “earnest rehabilitation”. The second thing that escalates the problem is when the caregivers are also criminals and the inmates perceive that the only difference between “them” and those on the other side of the bars is that ‘they” (the incarcerated) are the ones that got caught. I firmly believe without a doubt that if we as a society DEMANDED the highest standards of integrity and set an example of right from wrong where our COs are concerned that it would go a long way to rehabilitation during the process of imprisonment. Respect for the law is about witnessing respect “for the law” by those that oversee/direct the process of punishment.

I believe with 100% conviction that in consideration of the high pay and benefits that CO’s receive, they should be required to obtain higher levels of education and training in a fashion that promotes human dignity, absolute fairness, setting a positive example, meaning they are to be unconditionally above reproach at all times while on the job and well schooled in the psychology of roll modeling while administering to the men and woman behind bars. Rape and all forms of human indignities, torture, coercion, intimidation by peers or any injustices brought on by or ignored by the caregivers should carry very stiff penalties. That in of itself would rehabilitate many, in my humble opinion. I could go on about what respect for “the law” is and how those who are trusted to act in a capacity of upholding “the law” must first respect “the law” themselves. That is a problem with many who are involved in various degrees to “LE”. Then they wonder why the public doesn’t respect them. Enough said by me. For Now.

Cindy should we put up a sign above the prison entrance that reads “Work Will Set You Free”?

or how about “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here”?

Why not supply them with mops, brooms, shovels and picks? Then they wouldn’t have time for sex…

Why stop here? Why not just provide female service with the same funding? That would at least create jobs and stimulate alot more than the economy!!

Female service? I didn’t think they incarcerated opposite sexes together, not even in San Francisco.