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Condoms in Prisons

WASHINGTON - A state representative wants to cut down the number of sexually transmitted diseases between inmates.

Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma will sponsor the bill.  She stated that she wants to spark conversation about the spread of AIDS and other STD's in prisons.  The bill could make condoms available to inmates.

The Washington Health Services Director for the Department of Corrections, Dr. Marc Stern does not think it is a good idea.  He said, "We're trying to send a message to inmates that sex is not tolerated and making condoms available gives a mixed message."

Stern said inmates are tested for STD's. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that inmates are five times more likely to be infected with HIV compared to the general population.