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Legal fight over needle exchanges in prisons would come down to managing risk, labour lawyer says

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 @ 8:39 AM | By Terry Davidson

How Canada’s government reduces risk will be key should jail guards start a legal fight over needle exchange programs in federal prisons, says a lawyer.

These comments come after Correctional Service Canada (CSC) announced its Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP) in a bid to curb the spread of infectious diseases by supplying clean syringes to inmates who take illicit intravenous drugs.

The program will begin in June in two prisons — Ontario’s Grand Valley Institution for Women and New Brunswick’s Atlantic Institution — and will be...