Number of prisoners developing drug habit doubles in five years, says reportIvy Madziva
Number of prisoners developing drug habit doubles in five years, says report.
The proportion of prisoners who experienced a problem with illegal substances rose from around 6.4% to 14.8%, says a report.
The drug problem in jails is becoming more serious with the number of inmates developing an addiction behind bars more than doubling in five years, new research suggests.
The proportion of prisoners who said they had experienced a problem with illegal substances rose from around 6.4% to about 14.8%.
And almost 15% of inmates said they were drawn to drugs after being sent to jail, said the report by the Reform think-tank.
It echoed warnings raised by prison inspectors of poor living conditions, overcrowding and problems with keeping experienced staff in their jobs.
The latest review said investment in equipment and staffing was needed for long-term reforms and warned short prison terms were adding to problems.
Report author Aidan Shilson-Thomas said the findings suggested the drug problem in jails had become “more serious” and prison needed to be an “opportunity for inmates to change their behaviour”.
He added: “Stabilising the system means stemming the flow of drugs, reducing overcrowding, fixing the crumbling estate and improving officer retention.