Stanislaus County District Attorney Criminalizes Harm Reduction and Public Health Service

On Monday, November 10th, the Stanislaus County District Attorney was not interested in anything less than a misdemeanor conviction against two volunteers arrested for offering syringe exchange, and harm reduction services in the Airport District of Modesto, California. In an act of criminalization public health service, the District Attorney had the audacity to offer the defendants a "deal" that included: 1) jail time, 2) three years probation, and 3) a "Stay Away Order," requiring them to stay out of the park where they were arrested. The stay away order was added the day after defendants began conducting syringe clean-ups and public education about safe disposal in the Mono Park area.

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