Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr said:
“Yet again, we see offenders continuing their criminality within prison walls, an environment which is supposed to be completely secure.
“For the second year running, more than three inmates are being caught using drugs every day, and these figures indicate it’s getting worse year after year.
“Detecting and recording these incidents isn’t enough – it’s crucial the SPS cracks down on this problem and stops these substances slipping through the net.
“All political parties agree that rehabilitation of offenders is critical if we want to reduce stubbornly high reoffending rates.
“But how can this be expected to take place while drug-taking remains so prevalent in prisons?”
Notes to editors:
- 1164 prisoners were caught ‘Administering, or allowing to be administered, a controlled drug to oneself’ in 2016-17. It’s the highest drug use has been at since 2008-09. (Scottish Prison Service Annual Report and Accounts 2016-2017, Appendix 5, p76, link; previous annual reports are available at link).
Below are the numbers for prisoners disciplined for taking drugs in the last nine years:
2008-09 – 1257
2009-10 – 863
2010-11 – 664
2011-12 – 638
2012-13 – 634
2013-14 – 869
2014-15 – 1003
2015-16 – 1133
2016/17 - 1164
All previous reports can be found here:
- The Scottish Conservatives previously raised drug use in prison in January this year: http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2017/01/drug-use-in-jail-hits-7-year-high/
- The Scottish Conservatives have also revealed that Scottish prisons don’t even test for New Psychoactive substances, so-called ‘legal highs’, despite technology being rolled out across other parts of the UK: http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2017/01/scottish-prisons-admit-they-dont-test-for-legal-highs/