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J Correct Health Care. 2014 Jul;20(3):184-194. Epub 2014 Jun 16.

Risk, Feasibility, and Cost Evaluation of a Prisoner Condom Access Pilot Program in One California State Prison.

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1
Public Health Unit, California Correctional Health Care Services, Elk Grove, CA, USA kimberley.lucas@cdcr.ca.gov.
2
Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch, Division of Communicable Disease Control, Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA, USA.
3
Office of AIDS, Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA, USA.
4
Public Health Unit, California Correctional Health Care Services, Elk Grove, CA, USA.

Abstract

This study evaluated the safety and security impact, feasibility, and cost of a program to provide condoms to inmates. A 1-year pilot study of wall-mounted condom dispensing machines in one California state prison compared pre- and post-intervention rates of penal code violations related to sexual misconduct, contraband, controlled substances, and violence. The rates of penal code violations were unchanged or decreased compared to the pre-pilot year. Discreetly located condom dispensers were vandalized less frequently than those in plain view (p < .05). Distributing condoms using the pilot model would cost less than $2 per inmate annually. Results suggest that the use of discreetly located dispensing machines is an acceptable, feasible, low-cost option to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and poses no safety or security risk in a typical medium-security prison setting.

KEYWORDS:

condoms; correctional health care; inmates; prison; sexually transmitted disease

PMID:
24934836
DOI:
10.1177/1078345814530869
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