Prisoners: Drugs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were required to attend residential detoxification facilities as a condition of their sentence in each year since 2010 for which information is available.

Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department has spent on residential detoxification facilities provided to individuals required to attend such facilities as a condition of their sentence in each year since 2010 for which information is available.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There is no specific requirement for an offender to attend residential detoxification as a condition of their sentence. However, residential treatment may be provided within a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) or Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR) through locally commissioned residential addiction recovery services. In England, these services are funded by local authorities, as part of their public health responsibilities. In Wales, health, including substance misuse services, is devolved to the Welsh Government. The table below shows the overall number of DRRs and ATRs commenced under community orders and suspended sentence orders in England and Wales since 2010.

Year

Number of DRRs commenced

Number of ATRs commenced

2010

16,071

8,538

2011

13,617

8,423

2012

13,294

8,681

2013

13,664

8,494

2014

12,951

8,045

2015

11,780

6,948

2016

9,698

6,064

2017

8,719

5,419

We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment requirements.

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