Lawmakers approved AB966 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda on a 45-26 vote Monday.
Unlike the previous legislation, which spelled out a plan for California prisons to distribute condoms, the latest version would ask the California Department of Corrections to write its own plan.
Brown rejected last year's legislation, saying the corrections department already allows family visitors to bring condoms for overnight visits.
Bonta says a community group has volunteered to donate the condoms and dispensers. Condoms are not legally available in most prisons because it is illegal for inmates to have sex with each other.
(AP) - Inspectors say a major California prison medical center still is providing inadequate care to inmates despite 10 years of oversight intended to improve care.
Fewer inmates are being returned to prisons than ever before and the return-to-prison rate has dropped for the fifth straight year.
Fire camps are home away from home for firefighters during wildfire season. Prison inmates staff the mobile kitchens at fire camp, serving hot meals to firefighters as they come off the line.
The wardens from the state's two largest women's prisons abruptly stepped down last week amid allegations of rampant inmate abuse at the Central California Women's Facility and a spike of suicides at the California Institution for Women in Corona.