Prisons in Parliament

Drugs, alcohol and self inflicted deaths. The stats unlocked


Drugs and alcohol in prison discussed in Parliament this week. Photo: Palo Flickr

Prisons in Parliament brings you up-to-date on the last week of politics and prisons. What’s been said? And by whom? Get it all here. 


Self inflicted deaths in prison

Luciana Berger asked how many suicides there have been since 2010 and how many of those were not on the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT)  programme.


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Rehabilitation of offenders

What educational opportunities are offered to prisoners upon release in Scotland to ensure effective rehabilitation? Asked Nigel Don.

Alasdair Allen said the Scottish Prison Service had put in place a contract with Fife College and New College Lanarkshire to deliver learning services across all public prisons.

“The contract includes onward referrals, on request, for individuals who wish to continue their learning engagement in the post-liberation period through community-based learning services.”



Alcohol and drugs in prison

How effective is the prison service’s drug and alcohol policy? David Simpson asked how many prisoners have been found (a) in possession and (b) under the influence of drugs or alcohol in each of the last five years.

There has been an increase in the number of drug finds over the past five years. Andrew Selous attributed it to “improved and increased reporting.


Here are the figures:

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Religious practice in prison

Paul Maynard asked whether participation in chaplaincy-led programmes will count towards earned release.

Andrew Selous said:

Reoffending rates for offenders sentenced to custody are too high and the Ministry of Justice is looking at ways to make sure that offenders are properly rehabilitated and better equipped to lead a crime free life… We are still at the very early stages of exploring how any earned release scheme might work.”





One Comment on “Prisons in Parliament”

  1. The House of Commons Justice Select Committee also held a session on prison safety with the Minister for Prisons and Probation and NOMS CEO. See


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