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star this property date less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Drugs remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners being released on temporary licence on the supply of drugs into prisons. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies remove filter
star this property uin 277693 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-31more like thismore than 2019-07-31
star this property answer text <p>We do not hold data centrally on what proportion of prisoners released on temporary licence supply drugs into prisons.</p><p> </p><p>By providing opportunities to work, learn and build family ties, temporary release from prison helps ensure offenders do not return to crime when they leave prison. We recognise that temporary release presents a potential route by which drugs might enter a prison and this is a key consideration in how the establishment operates its release on temporary licence (ROTL) regime. All offenders released on ROTL are subject to rigorous individual risk assessment and licence conditions. Returning with drugs is both a criminal offence and a breach of the licence conditions, which can lead to suspension of ROTL and a return to closed prison conditions, in addition to any other penalty.</p><p> </p><p>Evidence shows the vast majority abide by their temporary release conditions, with the compliance rate standing at well over 99%. Non-compliance is, and will continue to be, dealt with robustly.</p><p> </p><p>To respond to the risk from drugs in prisons, we are strengthening our gate and perimeter security, drafting specialist search teams into prisons across the country and investing in physical and technical security counter measures. Alongside this, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) has developed a new, national Prison Drugs Strategy, published in April 2019. The Strategy outlines how HMPPS is working to restrict the supply of drugs, reduce demand through rehabilitative activities, and support prisoners to build recovery from substance misuse.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South East Cambridgeshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Lucy Frazer more like this
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less than 2019-07-31T14:50:45.8Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-31T14:50:45.8Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lucy Frazer more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-11-21more like thismore than 2017-11-21
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Prisons: Drugs remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the level of use of synthetic drugs in prisons in each of the the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies remove filter
star this property uin 114793 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-28more like thismore than 2017-11-28
star this property answer text <ul><li><p>Psychoactive substances are a significant driver of violence and instability in prisons. We have put in place a range of supply and demand reduction measures to address the availability and use of such harmful substances. This is based on a multi-agency approach working closely with health partners and law enforcement agencies. We are the first prison jurisdiction in the world to have developed a test for psychoactive substances, and have trained more than 300 sniffer dogs to specifically detect psychoactive substances. We have invested £3m in enhancing our intelligence capability to identify the organised crime groups and individuals behind supply routes, and are using this intelligence to work with the police to disrupt them.</p></li><li><p>Figures drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System suggest there were just under 10,000 incidents where psychoactive substances were found in prisons between October 2015 and October 2017 in England and Wales. Data prior to October 2015 cannot be provided as this is when a new incident type was introduced to the Incident Reporting System.</p></li><li><p>Testing for psychoactive substances was only in place across the whole prison estate from September 2016 onwards. Between October 2016 and March 2017, there were 27,277 random mandatory drug tests administered. Each sample taken is tested for a range of illicit drugs, including psychoactive substances. As these are random drugs tests, prisoners tested in a single month are unique, but an individual prisoner could be chosen in multiple months. Figures for 2017/18 will be published in the Annual HMPPS Digest in July 2018.</p></li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency East Surrey more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Mr Sam Gyimah more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 114794 more like this
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less than 2017-11-28T17:29:04.25Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-28T17:29:04.25Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Sam Gyimah more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this