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17 Aug 2018

Government pledges clampdown on drugs and violence in prison

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

Too many of Britain’s prisons are blighted by violence, poor safety and high levels of drug use – a situation, say ministers, which simply can’t go on. Today Prisons Minister Rory Stewart announced a £10m plan to curb the supply of drugs at ten of England’s “most challenging” jails. He called it a “back to basics” approach and pledged to resign if it doesn’t lead to a reduction in violence over the next 12 months.