Prisons: Drugs

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what key performance indicator is used to assess the effectiveness of drug treatment in prisons.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The key performance indicators listed in the table as follows are currently used to monitor drug treatment performance. Research indicates that prison drug treatment, with effective follow-up in the community, can reduce the level of reoffending by at least 10 per cent.

Key performance indicators 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Number of prisoners entering clinical services (Detoxification/Maintenance) 27,000 27,500 27,500
Number of prisoners undergoing initial assessment(1) 61,400 61,400 61,400
Percentage of prisoners completing treatment programmes they have started 65 65 65
Random Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT) positive rate (2) (2) (2)
(1) Through CARATs (counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare services) or YPSMS (young persons substance misuse service).

(2) Improve on previous year.

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