All new prisons to have ‘airport-style security’ to clamp down on drugs

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The new prisons will be set up with “airport-like security” and each prisoner will be assessed for addiction on arrival as part of a plan to curb drugs behind bars.

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said body scanners, biometric identification and drug dogs are among the proposed measures to curb the flow of hazardous substances that “said” and “impair the work of frontline staff” in prisons. Ministry (MoJ) said. ,

The government has outlined the plans in its Prison Strategy White Paper, which will be unveiled in full in the House of Commons today.


It is proposing that all new prisons should have “airport-style security” as standard, including X-ray body scanners, biometric identification for visitors, and drug dogs and hand-helds at prison gates. The sticks are included.

The MoJ said the scanner can also be used to search employees who may be “susceptible to corruption”, to prevent them from being blackmailed into smuggling illegal goods behind bars.

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Meanwhile, the government wants every prisoner to be assessed for drug and alcohol addiction upon arrival in custody.

And it plans to set “new tighter targets” for prison governors to keep drugs and clean prisoners from their prisons.

The MoJ said that along with achieving individual targets on drug testing, prisons would for the first time be accountable for drug rehabilitation.

It said the results – including freeing offenders from drugs and alcohol and prison success in education or employment – would be published in national league tables.

It said a range of treatments, including abstinence therapy, would help reduce “over-reliance on opiate substitutes such as methadone”.

The government wants all new prisons to have ‘airport style’ security as standard, including state-of-the-art body scanners (John Super/PA). , PA Archive

The MoJ said that body scanners have already been installed in every closed men’s jail.

The proposals outlined in the new white paper would expand the use of this device, as well as other “airport-style” measures, such as biometric identification and drug dogs, to all new prisons across the country.

This will include HMP Five Wells in Wellingborough, opening in early 2022, the new prison at Glen Feast in Leicestershire, the new prison next to HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire and three confirmed locations.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This government is offering tougher sentences and 20,000 more prison spaces to keep the most dangerous criminals off our streets for longer, but prisons are also trying their best to cut crime and prevent future victims.” need to play a role.

“That’s why with a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and greater autonomy for governors to maintain good order, our reforms will reduce re-violations and ensure prisons pay off.”

Our reforms will again tighten the noose on the causes of violations and ensure that jails pay off.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We are building additional prison spaces so that serious offenders can be imprisoned for longer.

“Our plan will improve the security of our prisons to help reduce the influx of drugs, knives and mobile phones, and allow for effective rehabilitation.

“And the regime in prison will be re-oriented to end addiction and build skills, and access to work – so offenders go straight to work upon release.

“That way we’ll cut down on crime and keep the public safe.”

But Labor’s shadow justice secretary Steve Reid claimed Mr Johnson’s government could not be trusted to “clean up the mess” in the prison system.

“It is no surprise that drug use among prisoners has increased over the past decade as the Conservatives have mismanaged our prisons, leaving them plagued with drugs, violence and disorder,” he said. ” They said.

“Orthodox incompetence, cuts to the entire justice system and a lack of oversight of contracting companies have left prisons in universities dangerous and overcrowded with crime where drug addiction is rampant and re-crime is common.

“Boris Johnson and the Conservatives cannot be trusted to clean up the mess they do in prisons because they are soft on crime – and with their backlog of chaotic court cases, violent criminals can be found roaming the streets of Britain for long hours. will be allowed.”


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