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Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of prisoners requiring drug or alcohol interventions in the high security estate received them in the latest period for which figures are available. (208045)

Data are not recorded in the format requested. However, epidemiological data show that on average around 55 per cent. of prisoners report a serious drug problem, with 80 per cent. reporting some misuse and around 7 per cent. of prisoners report severe alcohol dependency. There is no overall measure of treatment need. The following table shows details of drug interventions provided in the high security estate and as a proportion of annual throughput in 2007-08. Data on alcohol interventions are not recorded centrally.

Drug interventions provided in the high security estate as a proportion of annual throughput in 2007-08

Treatment modality

Number of prisoners1

Number of prisoners as a percentage of total high security throughput figure (15,363) in 2007-08

Number of prisoners entering clinical substance misuse detoxification programmes (drugs and alcohol)

3,249

21

Number of prisoners participating in extended prescribing programmes

200

1

CARATs Substance Misuse Triage Assessments (SMTAs)

3,818

25

Number of prisoners entering intensive drug treatment programmes

213

1

1 Prisoners receive more than one intervention.