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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 :: Tue, 11/08/2009 - 09:29

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Compelling statistics: how many innocent people on remand?

Britain’s jails are full, but are they full of the right people? A huge number are on remand – and are subsequently found not guilty of the charges on which they were remanded.

Sheila Bird :: Thu, 23/07/2009 - 08:59

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Doing time, dodging flu?

Does serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure protect against flu? From the data available so far, that is a conclusion one might reasonably draw.