Prisons and Drugs: A global review of incarceration, drug use and drug services. Report 12

Dolan, K. and Khoei, E.M. and Brentari, C. and Stevens, A. (2007) Prisons and Drugs: A global review of incarceration, drug use and drug services. Report 12. Discussion paper. The Beckley Foundation, Oxford (Full text available)

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Abstract

Prisons play an important role in drug policy. They are used to punish people who break drug laws and they also hold a large number of people who have experience of drug use and drug problems. They therefore have an important part to play in attempts to reduce the harm caused by drugs. Imprisonment itself can be seen as one type of harm, as it causes problems for prisoners and their families and creates a large financial burden for taxpayers. Theseharms and costs are difficult to calculate, but there is little evidence that large scale imprisonment of drug offenders has had the desired results in deterring drug use or reducing drug problems (Bewley- Taylor, Trace, & Stevens, 2005). In this paper, we examine the international prevalence of drug users, drug use and related problems in prisons and we report on the problems that are related to the issue of drugs in prison. We go on to examine the international guidelines and effective responses that have been developed in this area in the last decade. The paper is a review of the literature, based on a search of bibliographic databases, including Medline, PubMed, ISI as well as EMBASE and contacts with researchers and practitioners in the field up to January 2007.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion paper)
Additional information: Report for the Beckley Foundation and IDPC.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > European Institute for Social Services (RAE)
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Alex Stevens
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009 23:32
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 10:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13324 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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