Sunday, January 01, 2012

Try asking why

"Dismayed judges have ordered Corrections bosses to read an expert's book on rehabilitation after being shocked a P-addicted prisoner would be forced to wait years for drug treatment.
In a Court of Appeal decision last month, three judges cited Roger Brooking's book Flying Blind, which slams the government's hard-line approach to law and order.
Long-term inmates must now wait until they are eligible for parole before being offered drug and alcohol rehabilitation in prison, but judges quashed Glen Fleming's minimum non-parole term of four years so he could seek treatment sooner..."
Firstly, imprisonment SHOULD be drug treatment, in that it should be easier to stay off drugs in a controlled environment. OK, here we insert the Tui Ad bit, as the opposite is true. It is easy to get drugs in, as the powers-that-be will not commit resources to effective enforcement, such a boundary patrols, scanner technology and adequate specialized search units. 
Secondly, the legal fraternity is the first to start the shrill wailing about 'inmate rights' and harassment when a drugs crackdown occurs. Judges- that's your union buddies.
Taking the pragmatic approach, Corrections give the treatment at the end of sentence, in the fainthope that at least the inmate is released clean. 

Want to get real on managing drugs in prison? Try the following:
  • Mandatory regular screening for all inmates, using the lower cost kits, not the gold-plated standard tests, required by legal appeals.
  • NO contact visits- all visits from behind the plexiglas.
  • Effective 'Boarder patrolling' of prison property.
  • More detector dog units.
  • Use the new body scanning technology- if it's good enough for citizens using an airport, it's good enough for crims.
  • NO personal property in prisons.
  • Severe penalties for attempting to smuggle contraband.

You WILL get results.


Mark.V. said...

Maybe the reason Prison authorities are unable to keep drugs out of prison is because they don't realy want to. Stoned or high prisoners are more easily managed.

Oswald Bastable said...

True, a stoned crim is a happy crim- but a crim on meth is trouble about to happen.