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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

January 28, 2005: Cannabis Arrests Drop

Arrests for cannabis possession have fallen by one third in the first year since re-classification. The Home Office estimate that this has led to an estimated saving in police time of 199,000 police hours. Figures for reductions in cannabis arrests are estimated from provisional arrest data supplied by 26 of the 42 police forces in England and Wales over the last 12 months.

Cannabis was reclassified on 29 January 2004.The British Crime Survey (BCS) figures just released suggest that there has been no change in the prevalence of cannabis use amongst the general population aged 16-59 (since 1998 the use of cannabis has remained stable).

For young people (16-24 year olds), there has been a gradual decrease in the prevalence of cannabis use, which has remained stable in recent years. However, the BCS does not necessarily reach people whose lives are chaotic and hence unlikely to be reached at home.

Cannabis use by young people has remained stable following reclassification, and is significantly down since April 1998 - 28.2 per cent of 16-24 year olds used cannabis then compared to 24.8 per cent now.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for tackling drugs Caroline Flint said:

“The Government’s drugs strategy focuses on tackling the class A drugs which cause the most harm to communities, individuals and their families. A year ago we reclassified cannabis on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, so that the police could concentrate on the far more destructive class A drugs."

“One year on the picture is encouraging with significant savings in police time which can now be used to drive more serious drugs off our streets and make our communities safer. 155 crack houses were closed by the police between January and September last year and in January we launched a national enforcement campaign, Operation Crackdown, to clamp down further on class A drugs. I am also pleased that figures show that some predictions that cannabis use by young people would increase were wholly unfounded.���