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.

Tackling Drugs in Prison

Tackling drugs in prison

Understanding the Prison Service Drug Policy

In May 1998, the Prison Service launched a new drug strategy called ‘Tackling Drugs in Prison’, which complements the Government's national ten-year strategy ‘Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain’. The former built on the framework document contained in ‘Drug Misuse in Prison’, published in April 1995.

This new strategy is constructed around the four aims contained in ‘Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain’ (detailed briefly in Chapter 2). They are as follows:

  • To help young people resist drug misuse in order to achieve their full potential in society
    • to control the supply and demand for drugs in custody;
    • to develop best practice in education about drug misuse, particularly for juveniles and young offenders, ...
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