Prisons in Parliament

Wide spread drug testing to be rolled out this April and sniffer dogs are on the job


Sniffer dogs trained to detect NPS. Source: Stephernie, 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. 


Drugs in prison

In April the prison service will introduce widespread drug testing of prisoners for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Andrew Selous announced. 

“We are training sniffer dogs to detect NPS… We have a comprehensive range of security measures in place to detect drugs, and to prevent smuggling into prisons” he said.


Autonomy for prison officers

Carolyn Harris asked what plans there are for increasing the autonomy of prison governors.

Andrew Selous could not provide any further information but said plans for reform would be published in due course.


Legal aid for prisoners

The Ministry of Justice has launched a crack down on claims against the Prison Service to identify opportunities to cut payouts and legal costs.

“Prisoners should not get legal aid unnecessarily, and we have already stopped funding for cases that can be dealt with through existing complaints processes” said Lord Faulks


Upcoming business

Prisoners voting rights are on the agenda for 6 May.

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