Insiders or outsiders: differing perspectives on the delivery of drug services in prison

Roy, Alistair and Fountain, Jane and Anitha, Sundari (2007) Insiders or outsiders: differing perspectives on the delivery of drug services in prison. British Journal of Community Justice, 5 (3). ISSN 1475-0279

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Abstract

This article explores the delivery of drug services in prisons and considers whether prison officers or civilian drug workers should deliver these services. The data is based on a study undertaken by the Centre for Ethnicity and Health in association with the Home Office Drug Strategy Unit in 2004. Prison drug service commissioners, planners and providers provided details of the drug services via a self-completion questionnaire. Additionally 334 respondents including prisoners, ex-prisoners, prison officers, drug workers and members of the independent monitoring board were interviewed. The findings indicate barriers to
accessibility due to inadequate environments for delivering drug services, the attitudes of prison officers, the dual roles of prison officers delivering drug services and inadequate training of staff. Whilst a service delivered by civilian drug workers would address most of these concerns, this article considers the measures that would increase the accessibility of the service as it is presently delivered.

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Additional Information:This article explores the delivery of drug services in prisons and considers whether prison officers or civilian drug workers should deliver these services. The data is based on a study undertaken by the Centre for Ethnicity and Health in association with the Home Office Drug Strategy Unit in 2004. Prison drug service commissioners, planners and providers provided details of the drug services via a self-completion questionnaire. Additionally 334 respondents including prisoners, ex-prisoners, prison officers, drug workers and members of the independent monitoring board were interviewed. The findings indicate barriers to accessibility due to inadequate environments for delivering drug services, the attitudes of prison officers, the dual roles of prison officers delivering drug services and inadequate training of staff. Whilst a service delivered by civilian drug workers would address most of these concerns, this article considers the measures that would increase the accessibility of the service as it is presently delivered.
Keywords:drug services, Prisons
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:2998
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:23 Jul 2010 08:42
Last Modified:23 Jul 2010 08:42

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