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.

Reviewing Performance

Reviewing performance

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons

Assessing the effectiveness of a new policy takes time. An objective way to determine the impact of ‘Tackling Drugs in Prison’ is to examine a representative sample of HMCIP reports of inspections conducted during 1999 and published the same year. They provide an up-to-date picture of how consistently the drug strategy is being implemented in establishments across the country, although it must be borne in mind that the CARAT service did not commence until 1 October 1999.

The following inspections and reports are arranged in chronological order as follows:

PrisonInspectionReport published
HMP Liverpool18–27 January17 June
HMP Wymott22–26 February22 July
HMP Wormwood Scrubs8–12 March13 July
HMYOI Huntercombe23–25 March16 June
HMP Highdown2–4 and 30 March13 July
HMP Bristol12–21 April20 July
HMYOI and RC Reading19–23 April5 October
HMP and YOI ...
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