Ignoring an issue or creating a law to prevent it doesn't mean it goes away or doesn't happen. That's the lesson that finally seems to be sinking in at corrections facilities across the nation as they grapple with the fact that sex between inmates continues to occur. States may outlaw it, facilities may try to prevent it, but it's still a reality.
And while corrections is quick to acknowledge its illegality, some agencies are considering programs that combine sensible health practices with safe sex options. This week's article addresses what's being done to manage this inevitable taboo.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
To have and have not
By Ann Coppola
Recognizing the inevitable
In California the laws about sexual activity inside prisons are simple; inmates cannot have sex and they cannot have condoms. Therefore, the state’s ban on “sexual barrier devices” in prisons might make sense in terms of the law, but officials are less certain about whether or not the policy is right for the health of the inmates and outside communities.
This month, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) will embark on a one-year pilot program testing the use of condom vending machines. Approximately 1,000 inmates living in Facility II at California State Prison, Solano will have access to the machines.
“This is going to be the most comprehensive review of a condom access program for prisoners ever done,” says Mary Sylla, Policy and Advocacy Director for the Los Angeles-based Center for Health Justice (CHJ). The non-profit is running the pilot with CDCR. Read this week's full story.
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I could not have said it better myself! As an FTO, I have turned away people during OTJ because they are a security risk, or I have put trainees through remedial training because they were not grasping the importance of doing the job the right way.
I evaluate trainees on their ability to run a dorm, being security minded, their time management, and how they treat inmates. I have seen other FTOs pass people that did not need to be in this type of work environment. Then when I work with them they get frustrated. It's not fair to the team or the trainee.
FTOs, STGs, or SRTs should get an incentive to encourage them to do the job with a higher sense of morale and higher degree of integrity. Thank you to the officers out there who do it with integrity and a sense of high morale. It makes a difference to the team and how a shift is run.
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Keynote speakers will include:
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