Prisons: Drugs

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Matt Vickers Matt Vickers Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Prisons Drug Strategy in (a) reducing the availability of drugs in prisons and (b) providing effective drug rehabilitation support to prisoners.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Minister for Afghan resettlement

Since publishing the Prison Drug Strategy in April 2019, we have implemented a range of evidence-based programmes to help restrict supply, reduce demand, and build recovery from substance misuse at a local and national level.

Through the Security Investment Programme, we have invested £100 million to tackle crime in prisons, including stopping the supply of drugs. Between 2020 and 2021, the number of incidents where drugs were found in prisons decreased by 6%. We are also focused on ensuring our prisons support meaningful recovery, with Incentivised Substance Free Living wings in 15 prisons encouraging prisoners to live drug free, and the Drug Recovery Prison at HMP Holme House using innovative whole prison approach to restricting supply and engaging prisoners in treatment.

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