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.
In his final State of the State speech, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested California has gone too far on prison spending since 1970. But has it really increased by as much as Brown claimed?
According to the State Auditor, the average suicide rate at California-run prisons is significantly higher than the national average for other state-run prisons.
California prisons are testing a new rule for lifers.
Programs to train California state prison inmates with marketable job skills for life on the outside are expanding starting this month.
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