We have examined the impact of the change on the 100 women prisoners still in custody who were relocated from Bullwood Hall and their average distance from home is now in fact slightly less. It therefore seems unlikely that there will be a significant adverse impact on family contact. All women’s prisons aim to maintain and promote family contact.
Accurate information as to the amount of money paid to (a) governor grade staff and (b) operational staff in bonus payments is not held centrally and could only be obtained by reference to paper records held at individual prison establishments, which would incur disproportionate cost.
Wandsworth prison was awarded a Service Level Agreement (SLA) from April 2005, following the successful performance test.
The SLA is a living document and has been reviewed to reflect priorities for 2006-07 and maintain the drive for improved performance. As a result, more demanding targets have been set in some key performance areas.
The area manager and the regional offender manager continuously monitor delivery of the SLA ensuring that performance levels are sustained.
Figures showing the percentage of prisoners who are drug dependent on entering custody are not held centrally. However, several research studies conclude that around 55 per cent. of those received into prison are problematic drug-users (PDUs) with 80 per cent. reporting some misuse. In certain prisons, up to 80 per cent. test positive for opiates on reception. A further study shows the breakdown of percentage drug misuse by age, in the 12 months prior to prison. It has also been reported that 76 per cent. of young men (18-21) were assessed as dependent on at least one drug.
For drug misusers in custody, a comprehensive range of treatment and support is available. These address low, moderate and severe drug dependency and consist of:
Clinical services (detoxification and/or maintenance prescribing programmes), available in all local and remand prisons;
CARATs (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare services), available in all adult prisons;
Juvenile Substance Misuse Service available across the Juvenile estate
Drug Rehabilitation Programmes -116 drug rehabilitation programmes, 40 of which are the Short Duration Programme, running in 103 establishments.
Wider resettlement needs are addressed through the Drug Interventions Programme and for those released on licence by the Probation Service.