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1CN ON: OPED: We Need Clean Needle And Syringe Program In PrisonsThu, 02 Nov 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Chu, Sandra Ka Hon Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:11/06/2017

Does Trudeau back harm reduction or not, ask Sandra Ka Hon Chu and Richard Elliott

Implementing needle and syringe programs in federal prisons could prevent numerous new HIV and Hepatitis C virus infections each year, saving tens of millions of dollars.

Five years ago, we started a constitutional court case, because it was clear that, despite the evidence, the previous government would never agree to implement these health services in federal prisons.

But the Trudeau government has repeatedly declared its commitment to harm reduction and evidence-based policy, to Charter rights, and to the health and welfare of vulnerable Canadians. Prison-based needle and syringe programs reflect all of these.

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2US GA: Georgia Prosecutors Push To Free Imprisoned Low-Level DrugMon, 09 Oct 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Cook, Rhonda Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/09/2017

Anthony Gray expected to be an old man when he got out of prison after serving a 30-year sentence for a relatively minor drug offense.

Aron Tuff was certain he would die there, having been sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted in 1995 in Colquitt County for possession of .03 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Both men were sentenced during a time when tough on crime drug laws of the 1980s and '90s left many low-level drug offenders serving long sentences.

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3US GA: Atlanta: No Jail For Pot PossessionTue, 03 Oct 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Stafford, Leon Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:10/06/2017

The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously passed legislation eliminating jail time and reducing penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana, but not before mayoral candidates got into heated debates and backers of the bill became rowdy.

The legislation, which was resurrected in September after spending months in committees because of concerns it might send the wrong message, brings Atlanta closer to other large cities across the nation that are either lessening penalties on pot or decriminalizing it altogether as Americans' opinions on the drug evolve.

It will reduce the financial penalty for possession of one ounce or less from up to $1,000 to a maximum of $75. Jail time, currently six months for possession, would be eliminated for an ounce or less.

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4 CN ON: Jail Time Only Option For Drug OffenceFri, 22 Sep 2017
Source:Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON) Author:Shreve, Ellwood Area:Ontario Lines:85 Added:09/27/2017

Convicted Chatham man may have qualified for conditional sentence if legislation hadn't changed

Steven Wheeler will serve a sixmonth jail sentence for being in possession of 11.2 kilograms - 24 pounds of marijuana - for the purpose of trafficking.

However, the support received by his employer along with family and friends may have enabled him to serve a conditional sentence - house arrest - if changes had not been brought in under Bill C-10, in March 2012, to limit when the court can impose conditional sentences.

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5US: Top 10 States Where Drug Dealers Get Longest Average PrisonWed, 30 Aug 2017
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:08/30/2017

Drug dealers convicted on federal trafficking charges received the stiffest sentences from federal court judges last year in the Midwest and the Southeast.

But the longer sentences are more driven by the type of drugs common in different states rather than judges in one region being tougher on drugs than counterparts elsewhere.

In many states with longer average sentences, methamphetamines were the most prevalent drugs in these federal cases, according to a USA Today Network analysis of U.S. Sentencing Commission data.

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6 Canada: Series Of Fentanyl Exposures In Three-week Span Puts PrisonWed, 09 Aug 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:White, Patrick Area:Canada Lines:96 Added:08/09/2017

The surge of illicit fentanyl endangering lives on Canadian streets has now flooded into the country's prisons, posing a greater threat to those working in an already perilous job.

In the past three weeks, at least nine federal correctional officers have been exposed to the lethal drug, according to one union official, putting staff on high alert for a substance they often can't detect until it's too late. There have been no reported fatalities involving correctional officers, but several inmate deaths owing to fentanyl exposure.

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7 US CA: Former Kern Co. Sheriff's Deputies Avoid Prison For SellingTue, 08 Aug 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Rocha, Veronica Area:California Lines:106 Added:08/08/2017

Two former Kern County Sheriff's deputies avoided prison time Monday for stealing and selling marijuana that was seized during drug busts.

Logan August and Derrick Penney were sentenced Monday to three years' probation for the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. attorney office in Fresno.

August, a 30-year-old Bakersfield resident, was also ordered to serve 1,500 hours of community service and forfeit $16,500 earned in the trafficking operation, federal authorities said.

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8 Canada: Prison Agency To Review Opioid PoliciesTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:White, Patrick Area:Canada Lines:95 Added:07/21/2017

Correctional Service Canada vows to look into resources for inmates with addictions following Vancouver-based group's call to action

Canada's prison agency said it will review the way it treats inmates with opioid addictions in light of a series of accusations from B.C.-based prisoners.

A letter sent to the Correctional Service Canada (CSC) on Monday - and shared with The Globe and Mail - summarized the experiences of 33 prisoners held in the federal jailer's Pacific region who said they couldn't access basic treatment for the highly addictive class of drugs that includes fentanyl and oxycodone.

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9CN ON: Drug Dealer To Appeal Conviction, Jail SentenceTue, 11 Jul 2017
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Sacheli, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:07/14/2017

Man convicted despite evidence being lost by police prior to trial

A man convicted of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking despite police losing the drugs will appeal both his conviction and the 30-month sentence he received Monday.

"I have already consulted with appeal counsel in Toronto," said Ken Marley, defence lawyer for Miles Patrick Meraw. "I'm hoping the Court of Appeal will have the opportunity to analyze this. A case like this has never been before an appellate court."

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10 US MI: Audit: Women's Prison Not Conducting Searches For ContrabandThu, 13 Jul 2017
Source:Detroit Free Press (MI) Author:Eggert, David Area:Michigan Lines:62 Added:07/13/2017

Auditors uncovered what a prison spokesman called "terrible" and "unacceptable" failures to conduct contraband searches of inmates, cells and staff.

The Michigan Department of Corrections said Thursday it may take disciplinary action after auditors uncovered what a prison spokesman called "terrible" and "unacceptable" failures to conduct contraband searches of inmates, cells and staff at a women's prison.

Auditor General Doug Ringler said during two five-day periods last year, the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti did not conduct or document nearly a quarter of the required cell searches and prisoner shakedowns. Using surveillance video, auditors also found that 58 of 170 required cell searches were not backed up by the footage -- meaning they were potentially falsified.

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11 US FL: Handyman Jailed For Months After Cops Mistake Drywall ForTue, 27 Jun 2017
Source:New York Post (NY)          Area:Florida Lines:44 Added:07/01/2017

It was a miscarriage of dust-ice.

A handyman spent three months behind bars after cops believed they'd found cocaine sprinkled around his car -- until test results later proved it was clean, according to reports.

Karlos Cash, 57, says the white powder was actually drywall -- just as he'd been telling them all along.

"I know for a fact (that) it's drywall because I'm a handyman," he told WFTV Orlando. "I said that continuously during the arrest stop."

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12 US: PUB LTE: Jail Isn't The Place to Treat Drug AddictionMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Chettiar, Inimai        Lines:37 Added:06/30/2017

In "A New Kind of Jail for the Opiate Age" (Sunday Review, June 18), Sam Quinones argues for in-jail treatment as a solution to rising opioid use.

We should certainly improve treatment in jails. But by focusing on building drug treatment infrastructure inside the criminal justice system, we further institutionalize its placement there. This reinforces the belief that people battling addiction deserve punishment -- undoing years of progress to understand addiction as a health issue.

Any contact with our justice system affects people beyond their time behind bars. Incarceration or a criminal conviction should not be a prerequisite to treatment. In many states, possession of opioids remains a felony. We should divert these people away from incarceration and into treatment programs instead.

The writers are, respectively, director of the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the N.Y.U. School of Law and a research associate in the program.

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13 US: PUB LTE: Jail Isn't The Place to Treat Drug AddictionMon, 26 Jun 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Kang-brown, Jacob        Lines:41 Added:06/30/2017

To the Editor:

Using jail as a program for drug users is a symptom of another urgent problem: mass incarceration, which increasingly takes the form of an overcrowded rural or small county jail.

In 2010, Kenton County, Ky., built a very large jail for a county its size, equivalent to New York City's tripling the size of Rikers Island

to 30,000 beds. Kenton's new jail is overcrowded, costs the county more

than expected, and is soaking up tax dollars that could be used for innovative, community-based drug treatment that would look much more affordable if the jail weren't so large.

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14 US: PUB LTE: Jail Has Solved NothingSat, 03 Jun 2017
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Keleti, Daniel Area:United States Lines:34 Added:06/03/2017

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but this hasn't solved our problems. There were a record 33,000 opioid deaths in the U.S. in 2015. Our homicide rate is seven times the average of 21 Western developed nations, plus Japan.

Politicians are making jail the answer to addressing issues dealing with drug addiction, mental illness and violent crime. Yet jail doesn't seem to properly address these issues and often worsens the problems associated with them.

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15CN QU: OPED: Needle Programs For Prisoners Increase SafetyMon, 15 May 2017
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Elliott, Richard Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:05/19/2017

Drug use in jail is a reality and reducing harm is vital, say Richard Elliott and Rick Lines.

Almost one-third of federal prisoners reported using drugs during the past six months.

In December 2016, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott committed her government to a new national drug strategy that reinstates harm reduction as a non-negotiable pillar. It was a welcome announcement, signalling a modest shift away from the last decade's emphasis on prohibition and punishment - policies that continue to kill people who use drugs in Canada.

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16 CN ON: He Saved 17 People But Police Want To Jail HimSun, 30 Apr 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Contenta, Sandro Area:Ontario Lines:394 Added:05/01/2017

Mark Baratta works with drug users on the front lines of Ontario's opioid epidemic. But as deaths mount, Baratta's story illustrates how far society has to go to end the crisis . . . if it so chooses

Like most people who might be called heroes, Mark Baratta shies away from the label. A lean and purposeful man, Baratta has saved 17 people, each on separate occasions. He chalks it up, with a shrug of his shoulders, to keeping his head in the presence of death.

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17 CN ON: Crown Seeking Jail Time For Owners Of Waterloo Marijuana StoreSat, 25 Mar 2017
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Paul, Gordon Area:Ontario Lines:60 Added:03/25/2017

KITCHENER - The Crown will be seeking jail sentences for the owners of a Waterloo marijuana store charged after a police raid last summer.

Nour Louka, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Her husband, Shady Louka, 31, pleaded guilty to careless storage of a 9 mm Glock handgun.

They both face a string of other charges, including additional counts of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after police raided their Waterloo Dispensary store on King Street North in uptown Waterloo last August.

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18CN ON: Emerys In Jail After Pot Shop RaidsFri, 10 Mar 2017
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Fumano, Dan Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:03/11/2017

'Prince' and 'Princess of Pot' face several drug-related charges after Toronto arrest

Marc and Jodie Emery, Vancouver's first couple of cannabis, have been arrested, as police across the country raided seven of the couple's Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries, including a shop on West Hastings and a residence in Vancouver.

The Emerys were charged Thursday with drug-related offences in Toronto, after raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. They are due back in Toronto court this morning.

The self-styled "Princess of Pot" were arrested Wednesday as they went to board a plane at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a cannabis expo in Spain.

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19 CN BC: LTE: More Jail Time For TraffickingMon, 06 Feb 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Wand, Ralph Area:British Columbia Lines:29 Added:02/09/2017

Dear Editor: I'm a retired paramedic. I did my first ambulance call in 1952 and my last in 1992 in Vancouver. I totally believe that not even five percent of addicts can be rehabilitated so I support the mayor of Coquitlam's suggestion to open up the hospitals at Esondale and get the addicts off the street and away from drugs is a good start.

But the only way to stop this disaster and get drugs off the street once and for all is by giving jail time of 15 years for selling drug and 20 years for trafficking.

When addicts can't get access to drugs, the problem will go away

Ralph Wand

Penticton

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20 CN NS: Federal Jail Term IssuedTue, 31 Jan 2017
Source:Cape Breton Post (CN NS)          Area:Nova Scotia Lines:71 Added:02/04/2017

Former corrections employee sentenced on drug trafficking

A Sydney Mines woman was given a two-year federal jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty to drug trafficking at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

Special federal prosecutor David Iannetti told the court that Nicole Marie Smith, 46, came to the attention of jail officials when a letter was found in which an inmate thanked Smith for bringing marijuana into the facility.

Smith worked part time in the kitchen at the provincial jail and had struck up a friendship with a male inmate who also worked in the kitchen.

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