Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It's so stupid, it must be Canada: Charter suit wants prison junkies to be provided with needles


A group of HIV health organizations plan to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government for refusing to give prisoners clean needles and syringes. 
The group of four organizations, along with former inmate Steven Simons, intends to file a notice of application in Ontario Superior Court against the Correctional Service of Canada, CSC commissioner, public safety minister and attorney general of Canada. 
The organizations argue the government has violated the Charter rights of inmates by effectively treating injection equipment as contraband, and are seeking an order to implement a sterile needle and syringe program in all federal penitentiaries.



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