FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26th, 2018
Office of Harold Albrecht, MP
Yesterday, inmates at the Grand Valley Institution who use injection drugs have been provided syringes after the launch of a needle exchange program approved by corrections Canada. Grand Valley was one of two prisons where the program has launched across Canada.
Ontario region president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, Rob Finucan, has spoken out against the program citing that it puts Correctional Officers in harm’s way and that it is forcing Officers to turn a blind eye to illegal activity within the Prison system.
While it sounds like it should be common sense that there are no illegal drugs behind bars, it sadly is not. There are nearly 1,500 drug seizures in prison each year.
The previous Conservative Government took strong action to crack down on this problem by increasing random drug testing, investing significantly in drug interdiction, and creating tough mandatory prison sentences for selling drugs in prisons.
“I completely disagree with the idea of a needle exchange for prisoners. Perhaps Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government should speak to the prison guard union as to whether it’s a good idea to give sharp metal objects to violent criminals. Conservatives will always focus our efforts on giving victims a strong voice in the justice system and ensure that convicted criminals face the full force of the law.” – Harold Albrecht