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Big increase in drugs found at Leeds prison under Tory-led government.

 

New figures show there has there has been a three-and-a-half times hike in the amount of drugs found in Leeds prison since 2010. 

 An answer to a Parliamentary Question earlier this month contained a table showing the amount and type of drugs seized as each prison in England and Wales from 2010 to 2014.

It showed that at Leeds prison in 2013/14 there were 64 instances of drugs being seized, compared with 2010/11 when the total was just 18.

   

Drug

2010/11

2013/14

Cannabis

4

8

Heroin

1

2

Other *

13

54

 * “Other” includes steroids and drugs such as the new psychoactive substances/legal highs such as M CAT, Black Mamba, Spice etc. These are the ones that anecdotal evidence says are behind the increase in violence.

 (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/cannabis-substitute-drugs-black-mamba-and-spice-are-a-recipe-for-violence-in-prisons-9984954.html)

  

Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister, said:

 

 “This is yet another example of just how bad prisons have become under the Tories. They promised they would tackle the problem of drugs in prison but instead it’s just getting worse. The Tory-led Government is failing to take the action needed to keep the public safe by rehabilitating offenders.”

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Jamie Hanley, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Pudsey, said:

  “These are worrying figures that point to a worsening drugs problem at Leeds prison, which will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on rehabilitation of offenders and public safety.

  "There is also evidence to suggest many of the substances being seized from prisoners have an impact on increased violence in prisons – this is an issue the government needs to get a grip of quickly.”

 

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