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e-2252 (Correctional facilities)

Initiated by Danisa Jara from Edmonton, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

  • The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced it was introducing a Prison Needle Exchange Program;
  • Prison environments are dangerous and unpredictable and deviating from a zero-tolerance policy on the use of illicit drugs in our prisons causes undue risk to inmates, staff, and the Canadian Public by undermining attempts to help inmates become law-abiding citizens;
  • Needles can be used as weapons against staff and inmates, and lead to an increase in medical emergencies, which affect the mental well-being of correctional officers and other correctional staff; and
  • The safety of Correctional Officers and other staff who work within the walls of our federal institutions and who are tasked with keeping Canadians safe. Prison needle exchange programs are used to control a health epidemic in which correctional officers should have no part, as they are not health care professionals.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to recognize that this is a Health issue and stop any future roll out of the dangerous needle exchange program by keeping needles out of inmate's cells.
Open for signature
June 18, 2019, at 12:37 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 17, 2019, at 12:37 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Kelly McCauley
Edmonton West
Conservative Caucus
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