Increased Security Measures in a Drug Recovery Prison: Disrupting the Drug Supply

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Drugs remain a key issue for prisons, with 78 per cent of people who entered prison in 2017/18 testing positive for illegal drugs , compared with up to 9 per cent of adults in the general population admitting to having taken drugs in the last month . Furthermore, HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) stated that between 2012/3 and 2017/18 the rate of positive Random Drug Tests (RDT) in prisons increased by 50 per cent, meaning that drug use within prisons is ‘widespread’ . This paper reports on the qualitative findings of a research study that explored the perceived impact of the increased security measures that were implemented as part of the Drug Recovery Pilot. The findings, in combination with analysis of open access data, suggests that the increased security measures put in place are having a positive impact on the prison environment however they also raise further challenges for consideration by HMPPS.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPrison Service Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Aug 2020

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