I don’t know about you, but when a criminal is sent off to the federal pen — locked up behind bars, monitored by cameras and roving guards, and with all visitors searched for contraband — you don’t expect them to come out the other end as drug addicts.
But it happens far too often.
As I wrote in a national editorial for Sun Media last week, our prisons are rife with drug addicts, those who arrived with an dependence on opiates, and those who join the fraternity from the inside.
Blame poor body searches, blame rogue guards, blame complicit lawyers. Blame whatever.
But there is no shortage of supply.
And now, lord love a duck, these drug addled inmates are suing the federal government for refusing to supply clean needles to fight the rising rate of HIV and Hep-C in our federal penitentiary.
The case should be rejected, of course.
Toughness is what is needed, not acquiescence.
The problem is solved by thorough searches of everyone, including guards and lawyers, the regular tossing of cells for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, and random drug tests of all inmates.
And to hell with privacy rights. The privacy rights of criminals should end the moment the judge’s finds them guilty.
And then it’s cold-turkey time.