Commission to consider condoms for Memphis inmates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shelby County lawmakers are discussing a proposal to provide condoms for inmates at the Memphis jail as a way to limit the spread of the AIDS virus.

County Commissioner Henri Brooks says she'll offer a resolution to make condoms available at the state's largest county jail if the sheriff's department doesn't begin such a program on its own.

Brooks made that pledge Wednesday after a community activist complained at a commission meeting that not enough jail inmates at Memphis are tested for the virus.

Jail administrative officer Harvey Kennedy said authorities worry that passing out condoms will make inmates think jailhouse sex is permitted.

Authorities say about 2 percent of jail inmates in Memphis who voluntarily submitted to testing this year have the virus.


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