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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the 12-step drug rehabilitation programme will continue in the prisons other than Swansea which operate the scheme. (149535)

The 12-step programme is an integral part of the range of intensive accredited drug treatment programmes available in prisons. The 12-step programme at HMP The Verne has now ceased and the funding has been moved to HMP Dartmoor, where the programme will start shortly. There are currently no further plans to withdraw the programme from any other establishment where it is being delivered.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost per head is of the replacement drug rehabilitation programme to be introduced in Swansea prison from November 2007. (149536)

There are currently no plans to introduce a replacement drug rehabilitation programme at HMP Swansea.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who completed or commenced the 12 step drug rehabilitation programme in Swansea prison have been charged with further drug-related offences after their release from prison. (149537)

The information requested is not available. There is no effective tracking mechanism in place. The tracking of an individual who has engaged with treatment interventions and subsequently went on to re-offend would involve the use of the police national computer and this would constitute a breach of confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost per prisoner is of the 12-step drug rehabilitation programme in Swansea prison. (149538)

The cost of running the 12 Step Programme at HMP Swansea is subject to conditions of commercial confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners who commenced the 12-step drug rehabilitation programme in Swansea were released early before the end of their sentence. (149539)

In 2006-07—the latest period for which figures are available—no prisoners released early from HMP Swansea had commenced the 12-step programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have started the 12-step drug rehabilitation programme in Swansea prison since its introduction; and how many have completed the programme. (149540)

The following table shows, the number of prisoners starting and completing the 12-step programme at HMP Swansea.

Starts

Completions

2004-051

34

7

2005-06

31

11

2006-07

32

17

1 Data available from August 2004. Programme commenced in 2001

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if his Department will publish the assessment of the efficacy of the 12-step drug rehabilitation scheme at Swansea prison. (149541)

Published research shows that prisoners who completed a 12-step programme had significantly lower rates of reconviction after two years—down 11per cent.—provided effective treatment was continued on release. Efficacy is also determined by the quality of local delivery. Audit conducted locally, shows over the past three years, a marked decline in the quality of delivery of the 12-step programme at HMP Swansea.