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.
Reducing the Availability of Drugs
An important measure introduced in April 1999 supports the aim in the drug strategy to stifle the availability of illegal drugs in prisons, by taking firm and consistent action against all visitors and prisoners who smuggle drugs through visits. This applies to privately managed prisons as well as to directly managed prisons in the public sector.
Any visitor who attempts to smuggle drugs into a prison is liable to receive a ban of at least three months, followed by three months of closed visits. This applies to members of the family as well as friends. In addition to the general power to restrict or prevent entry to prisons (under Rules 34 and 35), the Prison Rules 1999 state in ...