Prisons to introduce alcohol testing

    Alcohol testing is set to be introduced in prisons to deter its
    supply and use, the Prison Service has announced,
    writes Craig Kenny.

    The Prison Service Alcohol Strategy, published this week, says
    that prison rules will be amended to allow inmates to be breath
    tested for alcohol.

    The strategy says that all prisoners will be assessed on
    reception to identify those needing help with alcohol withdrawal,
    and those identified to be at risk will receive detoxification.

    A good practice guide on treatment interventions has also been
    published. Treatment availability will be expanded “as
    resources permit,” says the strategy paper.

    A recent Home Office study found that 63 per cent of men and 39
    per cent of women in prison were classed as “hazardous
    drinkers” a year before starting their sentence.,22,6,22,0,0


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