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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what key performance indicator is used to assess the effectiveness of drug treatment in prisons. (181488)

The key performance indicators listed in the table as follows are currently used to monitor drug treatment performance. Research indicates that prison drug treatment, with effective follow-up in the community, can reduce the level of reoffending by at least 10 per cent.

Target

Key performance indicators

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Number of prisoners entering clinical services (Detoxification/Maintenance)

27,000

27,500

27,500

Number of prisoners undergoing initial assessment1

61,400

61,400

61,400

Percentage of prisoners completing treatment programmes they have started

65

65

65

Random Mandatory Drug Testing (MDT) positive rate

2

2

2

1 Through CARATs (counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare services) or YPSMS (young persons substance misuse service).

2 Improve on previous year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1601W, on Drugs: prisons, how many detainees began clinical drug treatment on (a) detoxification and (b) extended prescribing programmes in 2006-07. (181571)

During 2005-06, 51,520 prisoners entered prison detoxification and drug maintenance programmes.

Since April 2007, these two interventions have been reported separately. In the period April to October 2007, the following clinical interventions for prisoners with drug dependence in prisons were provided: (a) detoxification 26,932; and (b) extended prescribing 7,263. This is a total of 34,195 interventions.

Note:

P. Simon data can fluctuate as prison establishments finalise their entries.

Source:

P. Simon database, HM Prison Service.