Drugs in Prison is an essential handbook for all those who work with prisoners as well as students of penal drugs policy. Comprehensive and easy to use, it: provides up-to-date information on drugs, drug misuse and drugs legislation; outlines government and prison strategies for tackling drug misuse; describes the various methods being used to combat drugs in prison; reviews the effectiveness of these approaches and the performance of different establishments; discusses future strategy and practice. Also featured are extensive index, a glossary, and useful appendices, case studies and checklists, which service to reinforce key learning points.

Planning for the Future

Planning for the future

Assessing Current Performance

The HMCIP have inspected a cross section of establishments during 1999 and the overall picture emerging is that most prisons are making headway towards having in place an effective drugs strategy.

The HMCIP findings show that, a year after the launch of the drugs strategy, measurable progress is taking place. Most establishments appear to be developing comprehensive plans using Comprehensive Spending Funding Review, and are setting up voluntary testing units, improving their security detection measures and mandatory drug testing performance, and making plans to deliver accredited Offending Behaviour programmes.

There is little evidence that much progress has occurred in establishments catering for young offenders. This was a worrying finding for, given the evidence about the scale of drug ...

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