Twice as many prisoners developing drug problems as five years ago, figures show
More than one in seven inmates becoming addicted to illicit substances as campaigners say Boris Johnson’s plans for tougher sentencing could ‘heap further pressure’ on systemlike to receive morning headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts by email Update newsletter preferences Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Reform researcher and author of the report, said: “There must always be a place in prison for those who commit serious crimes. However, prison must also be an opportunity for inmates to change their behaviour. “Stabilising the system means stemming the flow of drugs, reducing overcrowding, fixing the crumbling estate and improving officer retention. Its long-term sustainability requires a serious conversation about how many people we lock up and for how long.” Richard Burgon, the shadow justice secretary, urged the government to accept that their approach had left prisons “in chaos” and said they should commit to fully restoring prisoner officer levels and bringing forward legislation to end ineffective short prison sentences. He added: “Prison is often the worst place to deal with the drugs and other problems that lead many to commit certain crimes in the first place. Unprecedented cuts to prison officer numbers make it much less likely that prisoners get the support they need. “At the same time, the Conservatives are ignoring clear evidence that short prison sentences often mean people lose their house, family ties and job and so end up much more likely to commit crime on release.” Campbell Robb, chief executive of social justice charity Nacro, said that as well as tackling the supply of drugs, ministers must fix overcrowding, understaffing and violence in prisons, as well as scrapping short prison sentences which he described as a “revolving door”. Prime Minister pledges to pump £100 million into prison systems “These latest figures show that not only are people with drug problems being sent to prison rather than being properly treated but that people actually develop drug addictions whilst in custody,” he said. “This is a stark reminder that in far too many cases sending someone to prison is doing far more harm than good, and that our broken justice system must be fixed.” A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Illicit substances pose huge challenges in our prisons which is why we are investing £100m in airport-style security – including X-ray body scanners – to stop them getting in. “This is part of our £2.75bn investment to make jails safer for offenders and staff, while working closely with healthcare providers to ensure prisoners have the support they need to live drug-free upon release.” More about Read more: The Independent
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