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Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Dehenna Davison Dehenna Davison Conservative, Bishop Auckland

What steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of crime in prisons.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Our prisons face a range of security challenges including supply of drugs and psychoactive substances and use of illicit phones. This fuels crime both behind and beyond the prison walls.

We are investing £100 million across the estate on airport-style security, including X-ray scanners, to stop drugs and phones from getting in.

Our previous investment in staff means prisons are making greater use body, property, cell and area searches to find contraband that gets in, aided by dedicated search teams and drug detection dogs.

And we are working closely with law enforcement to detect, disrupt and pursue the organised crime groups who drive significant amount of this criminal activity.

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