Inside Stories

All too often, many of us forget that prisoners are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, loved ones, are a part of our communities. Many are in need of treatment for drug dependency or mental illness — not hard time, where they are more vulnerable to violence, overcrowding, and senseless infection.

Inside Stories is a series of five video clips exploring the lives of federal prisoners in Canada and the challenges they face behind bars to protect themselves from HIV, hepatitis C, and other infections. Watch the videos above to learn more about the realities of Canada’s federal prison system from people who have lived it and how the absence of prison needle and syringe programs continues to pose a threat to the health of their families and communities.

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I injected drugs in prison to not feel, to lose myself, and to forget… I didn't see myself having any different possibilities upon my release and that is why I started injecting drugs in prison… the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness affected my everyday thinking.”