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Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 23/10/2009 - 16:08

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Home Office concedes defeat on DNA proposals

This week the Government climbed down over its proposals to hold the DNA profiles of innocent people on its database for between six and 12 years.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 08/10/2009 - 10:37

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Drug treatment in prison: what the data show

Thanks to staff at the House of Commons Library, and the diligence of many parliamentarians, it has proved possible to investigate how well the prison’s Integrated Drug Treatment System is wo

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 07/10/2009 - 10:11

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Drug tests in prison: how intelligently are they being used?

How smart have prisons in England and Wales been in using the information gained from mandatory drug testing? And which prisons have done better than others?

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 06/10/2009 - 13:32

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What random Mandatory Drug Testing reveals about methadone prescribing for prisoners

Recent parliamentary answers to astute questions from Andrew Pelling MP have provided a means of assessing the progress of the Prison Service’s Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS). 

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 05/10/2009 - 14:40

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Drug testing in prisons, and prescribed methadone for heroin-dependent prisoners

The Government’s drug testing programme in prisons is distorted by perverse incentives, and fails to make the best use of the data collected.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 21/09/2009 - 15:17

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£6 million Blueprint down the drain

In Saturday’s Guardian, Ben Goldacre dismembered a Home Office study designed to evaluate a drug education project in schools.

Robert Whiston and Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 15/09/2009 - 09:10

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Violence and the invisible sex

The Home Office claims that violence against women and girls costs £40.1 billion a year. That’s a very big claim.

Robert Whiston :: Wed, 02/09/2009 - 08:40

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How the panic over rape was orchestrated

For years the Home Office and the former Lord Chancellor’s Department have misled the media about rape statistics – and allowed the media to misinform the public.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 20/08/2009 - 10:24

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DNA: just how exceptional do you have to be?

Damian Green MP has won his appeal to have his DNA profile removed from the national database. His was "an exceptional case", apparently.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 22/07/2009 - 16:00

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A blunt way to cut knife crime

Whichever way you cut it, the Government can’t win over knife crime statistics.