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Under the Skin: A People's Case for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs

What do people in prison have to say about the Canadian government's unwillingness to permit the distribution of clean needles in prison? How has this policy, that denies the realities of injection drug use in prison, affected individuals who are struggling with drug addiction? And what does this mean for the community as a whole? The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network sought to answer these and many other questions by interviewing people from across the country to learn more about their experiences with injection drug use in federal prisons.

Between 2008 and 2009, interviews were conducted in person and over the phone in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, resulting in sworn affidavits or testimonials from 50 individuals who either were currently incarcerated or had previously served time in a federal prison. The hope is that their stories will strengthen the case for change, which governments continue to ignore even as a growing body of evidence highlights the need.

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Published On 2010-02-02
Author Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Topics Prisons, Drug Policy and Harm Reduction
Document Type Reports
Language English
Doc Id 1594

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Source: The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
http://www.aidslaw.ca/publications/publicationsdocEN.php?ref=1014

About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca) promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.


Gilles Marchildon
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
+1 416 595-1666 ext. 228
Cell: +1 647 248-2400
gmarchildon@aidslaw.ca


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