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.