Harm reduction behind bars: prison worker perspectives

Emma Miller, Jan Moore, Peng Bi

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    We aimed to identify how strategies to reduce the risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in prisons could be implemented in a way that is acceptable to those with the responsibility for implementing them. Prison officer and nurse perceptions of HCV and attitudes toward a range of harm reduction interventions, including clean needle and bleach provision, were explored. In the context of highly prevalent feelings of resentment, most of the proposed strategies were perceived by all staff as a threat for officers and a privilege for prisoners. Addressing the underlying concerns of prison staff is essential in achieving a fully collaborative harm reduction effort. Ongoing resistance to proposed harm reduction strategies underscores the relevance of these findings for prison settings in Australia and elsewhere.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalSAGE Open
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


    • Alcohol
    • Correctional institutions
    • Drugs
    • Health communication
    • Policies
    • Prison studies
    • Tobacco


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