There’s no media release yet available to the likes of us, but the ABC has the word a needle exchange at the Alexander Maconochie Centre is going to be trialled.
(Bear in mind that in the ACT a “trial” is not about testing the idea, it’s about testing the implentation.)
The decision is part of a [...]
OK, let us return from the kiddy fantasy land in which we can keep drugs and needles out of prisons and have a look at the real world.
The Greens are pointing out that a further 6 cases of Hepatitis C at the prison is a bit of a good reason to start up a needle [...]
The Greens have the news (suspiciously timed to coincide with World Aids Day) that another prisoner has contracted hepatitis C, thus strengthening calls for a needle exchange:
“The concerning news that an inmate at the AMC has contracted Hepatitis C, demonstrates once again the urgent need for an NSP at the AMC.”
“By not having an NSP [...]
In equal parts alarming and confusing, Jeremy Hanson has put out a media release claiming half the inmates in our prisons have Hepatitis C.
This is usually considered an argument in favour of a needle exchange (on the basis that otherwise they’ll be shooting up with dirty needles, thus spreading the contagion), but not to Mister [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has made a novel proposal to head off objections by prison guards to a needle and syringe program.
delegates of Corrections staff should be given the opportunity to visit and observe prisons in Europe that successfully run needle and syringe programs, in order to better understand what is proposed at the AMC.
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is calling for an investigation at the prison after the police investigation in to former jail superintendant Doug Buchanan was dropped:
“In May, Mr Buchanan was removed from his position as Superintendant of the Alexander Maconochie Centre,” Mr Hanson said.
“He alleged his sacking was partly due to his opposition to a needle [...]
Following on from the Chiefly castigation of Jeremy Hanson the Liberals have emailed through a scan of a letter to the editor they’ve had published on this issue.
To date, just one case of transmission has occurred in 18 months. Given that several hundred prisoners have moved through the jail since it opened, this equates to [...]
His Chiefliness is well fired up, taking high dudgeon at reported (somewhere) comments by the Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson that HIV and Hep C in the prison is a “small problem”.
Mr Hanson’s comments were reported in local media and made in relation to a proposed needle exchange at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
Mr Stanhope said they displayed [...]
The ABC has a lengthy story on a reported transmission of hepatitis C at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (aka The Prison).
With infection rates out there running at 65% the real surprise is that it’s taken this long.
It has, however, prompted calls for a needle exchange at the prison the reduce the spread of disease amongst [...]