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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

Substance Misuse: UK

Addaction is a UK charity working in the field of drug and alcohol treatment. It has over 50 projects within communities and prisons.

Alcohol Concern is a national agency working to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to improve services available to people with alcohol-related problems. They provide information and encourage debate on the wide range of public policy issues affected by alcohol, including crime.

The Daily Dose site provides links to news and reports concerning drug and alcohol misuse (abuse), and drug addiction. It is updated regulalrly links to a wide range of information providers. There is also a Weekly Dose section and a comprehensive archives section.

The site is provided by the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals and is aimed at practitioners working with clients with drug and alcohol problems, as well as those providing substance misuse education and prevention services.

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs) are community sentences designed to help problematic drug users address their problem via intensive programmes of treatment and testing. A DTTO requires convicted offenders to participate in treatment, and undertake regular testing for drug use.

DrugScope is an independent centre of expertise on drugs. It aims to inform policy development and reduce drug-related risk.

The Home Office Drugs Strategy Directorate oversees the delivery of the National Drugs Strategy's aims through the work of drug action teams.

The Mentor Foundation is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation which focuses on the prevention of drug misuse and the promotion of young people's health. Mentor seeks to identify, support and share information on effective practice that will prevent and protect young people from the harm that drugs can cause.

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA)  aims to increase the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for drug misuse in England. This site includes details of the NTA's work programme, as well as publications and guidance for those in the drug treatment sector. The NTA is not a drug treatment service.

Release aims to promote understanding of drug-related issues and support an often marginalised section of society. They offer a range of specialist services concerning drugs and the law, including the Legal Helpline and the Heroin Helpline. They provide free, professional, non-judgmental and confidential advice to drug users, their families, friends, and statutory and voluntary agencies.

The Substance Misuse Information site is operated by the UK Department of Health. Its is intended primarily as a resource for a wide range of professionals and managers to help in the delivery of drug prevention and treatment services.

Tackling Drugs is the, the cross-government website to support the National Drug Strategy and the work of Drug Action Teams (DATs). It contains information for DATs and interested individuals to find out about the Government’s Drug Strategy.

Talk to Frank is a UK government website aimed at young people and their parents, under the slogan "Drugs are illegal, talking about them isn't". More useful for practitioners than academics.

he Government's Ten-Year Strategy for Tackling Drugs Misuse Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain was presented to Parliament in 1998. It can be downloaded in full here. This site neither condemns nor condones drug use. This resource is for people to access the facts and make their own, informed decisions.

Turning Point is a leading UK social care charity working in the areas of drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and learning disability.

Urban 75' drug information site neither condemns nor condones drug use. The resource is intended for people to access the facts and make their own, informed decisions. Good site for practitioners.

Substance Misuse: International

The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is a forum for individuals and organizations across Canada dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies.  

The Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy site has offers a Special Report to the Congress United States Sentencing Commission. It includes a wealth of information on cocaine and its links with crime.

The American Drug War Facts site offers information on drugs with full citations to aid further research as well a wealth of usual material available for download.

he National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) site has a wealth of information. NIDA supports over 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.

he United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in addressing illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC implements its operational priorities through an integrated approach to counter drugs, crime and terrorism. This site offers some useful statistics.