NI to tackle prison substance abuse

In at least one respect, Northern Ireland seems to be ahead of the curve. Geoff Dobson, Deputy Director of the Prison Reform Trust writes to the Times of London today:

The Northern Ireland Prison Service has just published a consultation document setting out a policy for each establishment embracing alcohol and substance misuse. Addiction teams will work with prisoners, linking with community, voluntary and statutory agencies to manage resettlement.

He points out that no such arrangments currently exist in England and Wales.