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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

March 17, 2008: More Cash For Prison Drug Treatment

The Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health have announced extra funding to raise the standard of clinical drug treatment in prisons.

The £12.7 million already announced for this current financial year will rise to £24 million 2008/9, £39 million on 2009/10 and £43 million the year after. This additional funding will further develop the integrated drug treatment systems in prison.

Also announced today is the creation of a national Prison Drug Treatment Review Group to oversee the development of prison drug treatment. This review, as part of a range of measures aimed at tackling reoffending by getting prisoners off drugs and into work, will be chaired by Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel.

Prison drug treatment services have developed rapidly in the last few years, with record numbers of offenders engaged in treatment. Drug use in prisons, as measured by random mandatory drug tests shows that the positive rate has fallen by 64% over the last 10 years from 24.4% in 1996/97 to 8.8% in 2006/07.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report commissioned in 2007 acknowledged the considerable investment in prison-based drug services over the last decade, but indicated a need for a more strategic and evidence-based approach to service delivery, which is now being addressed.

The principal recommendation is to set up a National Offender Drug Strategy Group to commission a series of projects that would:

  • determine and agree the key outcomes needed for prisoners and offenders, both in prison and on release into the community;
  • establish a set of national minimum standards for drug treatment in prison;
  • Identify opportunities for achieving efficiency savings to invest in prison and offender drug treatment services;
  • examine the case for prioritising some groups of prisoners and offenders;
  • develop the commissioning model at national, regional and local level;
  • develop a single health and a single criminal justice funding stream to target services more effectively;
  • agree systems for improved information sharing to support better quality performance management and case management

Prisons Minister David Hanson MP said:

'It is essential that we rigorously address the damage wrought by drug dependence for the sake of those who misuse drugs, their families, wider society and future victims.'

'Effective drug treatment lies at the heart of reducing reoffending. It directly addresses the harm to individuals, making communities safer and helping offenders to lead law-abiding and productive lives on release.'