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.
According to California Officials, there’s plenty of money available to abide by a federal court order requiring the state to reduce its prison inmate population.
The expectation of getting two more years to reduce California’s prison population was a major consideration in Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget. Now, the judges who ordered the reduction have issued a new ruling.
California remains under a court order to reduce its prison population. And Governor Jerry Brown is trying to use his budget to get the state some more time.