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Former Minister Rory Stewart calls for an end to short-term prison sentences

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...Co-presented by film star Jason Flemyng and Forward Trust Director Julie Muir, Series 2 opens with an interview with former Prisons Minister Rory Stewart.  Former Prisons Minister Rory Stewart.  Now...

Safe Ground joins Social Interest Group

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...delivery of effective group work programmes, which they deliver in prisons across the UK. These programmes benefit and impact by reducing re-offending. They make a difference to those who attend...

Drug use in prisons

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...UK governments have acknow­ledged that it is all but impossible to stop drugs getting into prisons. For many people, that acknowledge­ment will seem utterly inexplicable. Prisons represent the single most...

What future for our prisons?

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...could help create something new Earlier this year the government announced ‘the biggest shake up of prisons since the Victorian times’, with plans for six major new ‘reform prisons’ and...

Government rolls out drug recovery wings

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The government is to roll out ‘up to’ 18 new drug recovery wings in prisons across England and Wales by 2025, it has announced, as well as increasing the number...

Forward launches innovative new Prison Apprenticeship Pathway

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...our partner Umbrella Training to link them in with suitable apprenticeships upon release. The PAP is being delivered in three prisons: HMP Isis in London and HMPs Hollesley Bay and...

Forward’s Employment Services Directorate celebrates another successful year

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...learners in prisons with information, advice and guidance support 885 learners and unemployed participants in the community 338 individuals in the community to progress into jobs, apprenticeships, and self-employment. Here...

Forward’s new Dependency and Recovery Services launches in Humberside and London

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...immediately. We then work with our partner Umbrella Training to link them in with suitable apprenticeships upon release. The PAP is being delivered in three prisons: HMP Isis in London...

Government seeks to address prisons crisis with extra staff

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...The white paper also includes measures to introduce no-fly zones over prisons to stop drones being used to drop drugs inside the prison walls, as well as extra sniffer dogs....

More countries implementing harm reduction services

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...Harm reduction in prisons also remains limited and has seen little expansion in over a decade, says HRI.  COVID-19 has ‘tested the resilience’ of harm reduction services, the report states,...

MoJ & NHS England come out in support of prison recovery wings

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...down fully during the lockdowns, as group activity in prisons was forbidden. We are now engaged in a drive to re-introduce our programmes wherever possible – re-training staff, re-establishing referral...

A Nose for Duty

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Dog handler Wilkes with his three-year old black lab and dog handler McColvin with her 18-month-old springer spaniel. The job of detecting drugs in prisons falls to a very keen...

Take-home naloxone in prisons

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Research consultant, Arun Sondhi, from the Centre for Public Innovation (CPI), talks to DDN about the findings of his latest research into take-home naloxone in prisons. ‘Through-the-Gate’forms a key part...

Drug use in prisons

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Promotional feature A new profile of drug use in prisons Mark Napier talks to DDN about the emergence of the complex problem of novel psychoactive substances, and some responses that...

A big welcome to EDP and new services in Staffordshire and NE prisons

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...within the community and inside prisons to improve people’s wellbeing, social connections and employability in the South West.  Paul Townsley, Chief Executive of Humankind said: “Humankind and EDP have worked...

A matter of conviction

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Tony Margetts looks at whether prison reform is heading in the right direction. For all the wrong reasons prisons are in the news. Hardly a week goes by without a...

Government unveils major prison reforms

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...charge, giving them the autonomy they need to run prisons in the way they think best. By trusting governors to get on with the job we can make sure prisons...

Nurses at risk from synthetic cannabinoid use in prisons

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The widespread use of synthetic cannabinoids like ‘spice’ in UK prisons is risking the health of nurses and other staff, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN...

Forward ‘Reach Out’ service praised by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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The Forward Trust’s online chat service, Reach Out, was judged ‘notable positive practice’ by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) following an inspection of HMP High Down in March and...

United we stand

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Jonathan Munro tells DDN about the pioneering partnership working happening among prisons in the North East. The prison partnership is a new venture formed in April 2013, which brings together...

High risk strategy

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...in their recommendation that all local areas need to have appropriate naloxone provision in place. However, prisons have so far failed to implement provision at the point of release across...

Government unveils major prison reforms

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...giving them the autonomy they need to run prisons in the way they think best. By trusting governors to get on with the job we can make sure prisons are...

Beyond the gate

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...crucial that every prison strategy includes take-home naloxone programmes.’ Many unnecessary deaths could be prevented if all prisons adopted the strategy, but ‘while some prisons are leading the way, sadly...

Government unveils ‘landmark’ prison and courts bill

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The government has published its prison and courts bill, which it says will pave the way for the ‘biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation’. The bill ‘underpins’ measures in...

No hiding place

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...acknow­ledged that it is all but impossible to stop drugs getting into prisons. For many people, that acknowledge­ment will seem utterly inexplicable. Prisons represent the single most controlled environment on...

Tough measures

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...December 2015 HM chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, released a hard-hitting, upfront report on the misuse of substances in prisons. In the report he stated that NPS have created...

Complete overhaul needed for prison mental health services, says Justice Committee

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...integrated approach to mental health in prisons ‘Mental health in prisons is not treated with the focus it needs,’ said committee chair Sir Robert Neill MP. ‘When there isn’t sufficient...

Prison safety under threat from rising NPS use

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...of the closed prison estate, the report notes, from local prisons to high security establishments. Boards in almost all local prisons had reported significant rises in violence and assaults, and...

Government sets out ‘zero tolerance’ policy to drugs in prison

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...Prisons will have a ‘zero-tolerance approach to drugs’ All prisoners will be assessed on arrival for drug and alcohol issues, says the Prisons strategy white paper, with a ‘comprehensive plan...

Different wavelengths

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...prisons, Andrew Selous discussed NPS use in prisons, citing a rise in violence related to NPS use as a serious problem. Selous informed delegates that ‘NPS testing is currently underway...

Prison staff overwhelmed by NPS crisis

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...treated.’ Report on an announced inspection of HMP Ranby by HM chief inspector of prisons at www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk Guidance: hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis and treatment in prisons in England at www.hepctrust.org.uk...

Bang for your buck

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The launch of the ‘Decency, safety, security’ strategy for prisons was greeted with mixed reactions by the Drugs, Alcohol, and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group. DDN reports. Read the full article...

‘A third’ of HMP Birmingham prisoners using drugs

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...in prisons was being put at risk from second hand inhalation of synthetic cannabinoid smoke (DDN, June, page 4). Earlier this month prisons minister Rory Stewart announced a package of...

Prisoners dying ‘preventable deaths’ because of NPS, says ombudsman

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...now the ‘new normal’ in prisons, it states. Prisons often struggle with the consequences of ‘bad batches’ of NPS which can result in ‘simultaneous multiple collapses of prisoners, unsustainable demand...

Drugs behind ‘huge increase’ in prison violence

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...annual report from the chief inspector of prisons. As well as coinciding with substantial reductions in staff numbers, the ‘ready availability of drugs in too many of our prisons sits...

What next for prison reform?

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The recent Prisons Bill promised the biggest shake-up of prisons since the Victorian era (DDN, June, page 5). At a VolteFace event in London, journalist Philippa Budgen asked panelists: ‘How...

Lines of communication

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...Canada working exclusively in prisons. ‘I was one of the first staff they hired when they got funding,’ he says. ‘I had no background in HIV, but I knew prisons...

UK drug policy

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...(MDT) in prisons, the report claims that positive drug tests are down, as if this is an indication that drug use in prisons is decreasing. HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)...

Partner up

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...CARAT worker, CARAT manager and then eastern area manager, overseeing 11 drug treatment services in prisons across the East of England,’ she says. So was the drugs sector something she’d...

Put on the spot

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...legal highs – especially synthetic cannabinoids – in most prisons, revealed by a series of prison inspection reports and a briefing by the prison drug treatment provider, RAPt. Admission to...

Media savvy

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...it any more. Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 1 May   The most pressing issue right now in prisons is safety. [Michael] Gove needs to act to reduce violence and...

Reforming zeal

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...One will be the huge HMP Wandsworth in south west London, and the government says that more than 5,000 prisoners will be housed in these ‘reform prisons’ by the end...

Local authorities failing to provide sufficient naloxone

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The amounts of naloxone being provided by local councils and prisons are ‘extremely limited’, warns a new report from Release. While all but three of the 152 local authorities who...

Decriminalise possession to ease prison crisis, say Lib Dems

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...abounds and prisoners with mental health issues slip through the cracks,’ said Liberal Democrat shadow justice secretary Jonathan Marks. ‘The simple fact is we will never turn prisons into places...

A question of choice

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...is much higher than for the more ‘traditional’ MAT options. Treatment with buprenorphine in specific populations Prisons Historically, buprenorphine has not been routinely offered as an MAT option in prisons...

July issue

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Inside learning Time for a critical look at our prisons AT FIRST GLANCE you might wonder why we’ve devoted most of this issue to reports about criminal justice system. At...

A round-up of national news: November 2016

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...matter of conviction: a blueprint for community-based prisons. Among a range of recommendations in the document is that a new ‘rehabilitation duty’ be legislated requiring prisons and probation services to...

News in brief

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...HM Inspectorate of Prisons. Changing patterns of substance misuse in adult prisons and service responses studies the evidence from more than 60 inspections and 10,000 survey responses from individual prisoners,...

Comment from the substance misuse sector

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...issues and many suffer mental health problems. The government drug strategy sets out ambition to tackle substance abuse by building recovery communities within prisons and beyond, but I am saddened...

Flying the flag

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...being set up in someone’s living room. ‘We go to clinics and prisons and we’re all living with HIV – it’s the therapeutic value of one person helping another. We’d...

Letters to the editor – June issue

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...failing the disadvantaged, maligned, and ever increasing population shoved out of sight behind bars. As a result, the article explains, prisons are in perpetual crisis. It is hardly surprising that...

There’s something in the heroin

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...title of our harm reduction leaflet which was distributed widely (see left). We issued a warning to local treatment services, needle exchanges and prisons, and raised awareness through the local...

New psychoactive substances

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...According to a HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on HMP Dartmoor, safety at the prison has been compromised by ‘the too-ready availability of prohibited drugs’ including synthetic cannabinoids ‘not detectable...

Prison perspectives

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...to clients in prisons.’ Last year I resigned from my position as a service manager due to burnout, having spent the last two years fighting to offer the best level...

Creating a future

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...and this was the intention of Louise Scherdel, Addaction’s Lincolnshire Prisons service manager, when she wrote and developed the programme under the supervision of Andrew Beaver, operations manager at Grantham...

Drugs counselling in prisons

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First person Rev Peter Lolley trained as a drugs counsellor with the prison service. As he nears his retirement he shares his experience as a works chaplain The steel...

Deaths in prison hit record levels

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...and phones that undermine security. These are long-standing issues that will not be resolved in weeks or months but our wholescale reforms will lay the groundwork to transform our prisons,...

A Tangled Web: drug purchasing on the darknet

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...city-level dealers who have been buying in SCRAs (synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists) – for onward sale to prisons and the homeless population – to source products. Granted, some will buy...

Proportion of prisoners developing drug problem doubles in five years

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...running rehabilitation programmes in prisons across the UK, we agree with Reform’s report that the drug problem in custody is getting worse, with more prisoners developing a drug problem inside,’ said...

Heroin Assisted Treatment – A helping hand

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...‘very promising treatment option’, particularly for people who have been going in and out of prisons and hostels for years. Also, crucially for its chance of sustainability, it shows that...