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Report Slams Prison Drug Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

Report Slams Prison Drug Policy

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The government has come under fire from the influential UK Drug Policy Commission for 'seriously weak' or non-existent evidence to back up its strategy on reducing drug-related crime.

In a new report, Reducing drug use, reducing reoffending, published on March 17, the commission said drug treatment services for prisoners cost more than £330m to run but some lacked any evaluation of their effectiveness.

With a third of the prison population addicted to crack cocaine or heroin, the commission called for far greater investment in proper after care to follow treatment The report also found that community punishments were likely to be more appropriate for most problem drug-using offenders.

Crucially, prison drug services frequently fall short of minimum standards. It found that for the 40,000 prisoners who undergo detoxification programmes in jail, a lack of aftercare meant many went straight back to using hard drugs when they left prison.

There was also a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of drug-free wings or even cognitive behavioural therapy in prisons, it said. …

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