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Prison based treatment for offenders

Prisons are logical places to engage problem drug users in effective treatment. Drug treatment has been available in prisons for some time, but the introduction of the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) means there will be an evidence-based, individual-focused system offering consistent treatment in all prisons in England.

IDTS seeks to ensure that problem drug users in prisons have access to the same quality of treatment as those in the community, and the same chance to rebuild their lives.

The aim is to break the link between drug use and criminal behaviour, so that individuals don’t reoffend on release and have the opportunity to recover and reintegrate with society. In this way, effective treatment can liberate them, their families, and their communities from the harms they suffer as a result of drug-related crime.

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