Established as a pilot project in the summer of 2018, the Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP) raises worries among UCCO-SACC-CSN correctional officers. In recent months, the union's elected officials have been stepping up their efforts to find a solution.
Established by the Correctional Service of Canada, the PNEP is a program allowing inmates in federal penitentiaries to have their own needle in their cell to inject intravenous drugs. The goal is to limit the spread of infectious diseases.
We, as federal correctional officers are opposed to this program because needles circulating freely puts our own health and safety at risk.