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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC309Y1
Professor
Robb Travers
Semester
Fall

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Harm Reduction and Prisoners Rights in Ontario Correctional Institutions SOC309Y1- November 24, 2011 Mooky Cherian, PASAN - Good Evidence- making mini documentaries reflecting work Mooky Cherian does with PASAN - Realities of prison, trying to access treatment - Mooky coordinating provincial program outside GTA- now in management position Good Evidence video - Tim editor of cell count their paper - Prisoners HIV / AIDS - Some prisons have the resources while some have nothing - PASAN- tries to make better of a shitty situation all about empowerment and addressing injustice, not a pity party 40% of prison population Hepatitis C 10% are HIV positive Being in prison with HIV is horrible no one would want to share stuff you used if you tell guards they discriminate you HIV prisoners never been at forefront of AIDS agenda Rai apparently they see it as a punishment, a lot of time we do not think of prisoners health as a human rights issue - Cell Counts are educational - Wardens are above Canadian law and can ban anything may see it as gang related material, say offensive, may not let it in, but really may be an excuse, they do not like harm reduction - Zero tolerance of sex, tattooing etc. in prisons but Mooky says it is not working via looking at HIV prevalence rates are going up! So we have to make sure people make informed choices - Prisoners believe harm reduction saves peoples lives + education, awareness it brings, clean needles and proper/clean materials PASAN teaches people, ex- prisoners new things and informative things staff is also HIV positive (some) because it gives people help from people who have navigated the system Re-integration/ drop in coordinator make sure they have the things they need to transition smoothly so they do not end up back in jail 1 - Clients have to call Mooky need to keep calling to reach him because it is impossible for him to reach them - Cold calls maybe not HIV positive but requires help about maybe a friend who has it they accept collect calls from any institution (PASAN) - Infection rates are high in jails because of little or less harm reduction - PASAN has over 600 active clients who utilize services This work breathes more resentment against the system Mooky www.pasan.org Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN)- many programs 1. Providing prisoners with prevention and transmission information and support for HIV/HCV and related issues within a prison context 2. Providing support and advocacy for HIV/HCV positive prisoners to ensure they are receiving the healthcare that they are entitled 3. Promoting an integrated approach to healthcare within prisons to tackle wider public health issues, both through improvements in health care in general and through improvements in general prison conditions, policies and management 4. Increasing community-based agency capacity through training and consultation to effectively meet the needs of HIV-positive people who are affected by incarceration - PASAN has education programs in prisoners for those not affected by HIV but want to learn, mental health etc. Thus groups look very different depending on audience. Registered- HIV positive and currently incarcerated or past incarceration - Try to form partnerships with Corrections wherever possible (according to PASAN) to work on developing health care policy with them that negatively impacts people in health care system - PASAN also does a lot of lectures, seminars, training even broad- very unique program as it is the only one like it ONTARIO PROVINCIAL JAIL SYSTEM - -houses people serving sentences 2 years less a day - houses people on remand or detention, including immigration, awaiting trial, sentencing or transfer - Is managed by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services - The Provincial jail system includes correctional centers, detention centers, jails and treatment centers, 31 institutions - Superjails 2- All run as maximum centres because of a wide array of prisoners everyone starts here next step would be Federal - Men: orange suits - Women: green garb - No smoking FEDERAL PENITENTIARY SYSTEM - Houses people serving sentences of 2 years or more - Managed by the Correctional Services Canada (CSC), which is responsible to the Solicitor General of Canada - CSC has a national headquarters in Ottawa but is administered through 5 regional headquarters (Pacific, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic) - Hope for lower security level thus have more movement can work way down security level by doing good - 56 federal institutions (5 womens 51 mens) - Easier to access health care here, can wear own clothes - More programs - SLIDE NOT COMPLETED ELEVATED RATES OF HIV AND HCV - HIV provincial approx. 2% - HIV federal approx. 4% men, 7% women - Hep C Provincial 17-21 - Hep c Federal 30-35% depending on region
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