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NDM says no condoms in prisons unless conjugal visits are allowed

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 8:27 AM

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is calling on the government to come clean about its rumored plans to formally issue condoms in the nation’s prisons.

The party’s chairman Michael Williams says he is sure condoms are already in prisons.

He says he has it on good information that the government is planning to amend the regulations to allow the provision of condoms for prisoners.

However, according to Williams, this should not be allowed unless the government plans to allow conjugal visits.

Williams says he is aware of the strong health concerns regarding the high levels of AIDS related illnesses in prisons.

However he says the movement cannot condone the distribution of condoms for these reasons.

Meanwhile, the NDM chairman says if the government goes ahead and formally introduces condoms in the prison system without public consultations it could face serious repercussions.

That’s why he’s calling for the government to put the matter to a public vote.

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