To cut STD rate, Calif considers condoms in prison

July 7, 2013 by Don Thompson

California lawmakers are considering a bill requiring officials to make condoms available to state prison inmates as a way of limiting the spread of HIV and other diseases.

Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland says it's time to give inmates a way to practice to reduce an infection rate that experts say is much higher than in the general population.

However, state law prohibits sex between inmates, creating a conflict that concerns both supporters and opponents of the legislation.

Bonta's proposal would require officials to make available in each of the state's 33 adult prisons by 2020.

If AB999 becomes law, California would be the second state to provide condoms to all .

The state has tried a distribution program before on a temporary and limited basis.

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freethinking
1 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
Typical, Progressives giving Homosexuals free condoms in prison. One must wonder why Homosexuals who make up between 1-3% of the population commit 1/3 of all sexual assaults, and are the top serial killers in the United States.

Does anyone have statistics on the percentages of other crimes homosexuals commit? It seems they are overwhelmingly over represented in the criminal population?
JohnGee
1.7 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
Virtually all serial killers are Christians FreepTwink.
freethinking
1 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
JohnGee, where do you get the statistic that virtually all serial killers are Christians?

For Homosexual stats.

http://www.americ...tm#_edn6

Which show,
Donald Harvey: 37 Murders
John Wayne Gacy: 33 Murders ... [a] professed homosexual .
Patrick Wayne Kearney: 32 Murders ... "an acknowledged homosexual"
Bruce Davis: 28 Murders ...killed 28 young men and boys after having sex with them.

The truth is out there JohnGee,
JohnGee
1.7 / 5 (6) Jul 07, 2013
LMAO, Jim Jones. Check mate.

A quick search shows Gacy was Christian. The others you list probably were too.

BTK was a deacon at his church.

I'm not going to bother to list anymore because you'll lazily trot out a no true Christian fallacy and call it a day.

Funny a paranoid with a persecution complex would quote the X-files.
freethinking
1 / 5 (5) Jul 11, 2013
Yea JohnGee, these homosexuals were true Christians. Oh, I thought Christians don't approve of Homosexuality, murder, rape, I keep hearing from Progressives that Christians are hostile towards homosexuality and such so I must be wrong....

So were these people homosexuals or Christians? How to decide, how to decide.... How about this.... if they lived the Christian lifestyle we call them Christians, and.... get this JohnGee.... if they lived the homosexual lifestyle ...we.... yes we can call them.... homosexuals.

Christian lifestyle: "So everyone who worships the Lord must turn away from evil." Then there is the love one another, then there is the self control command.....

Yup, JohnGee only you can make a case that they are Christians with a straight face, but only Progressive idiots would believe you.

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