Health in Prison

Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

Guidance on physical healthcare in a prison context 30th May 2011

The Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has published 'best practice' guidelines for the physical healthcare that should be available to prisoners in our prisons. Read more

Irish Examiner: 'Almost 1,200 prisoners avail of drug counselling' 4th January 2011

Writing in the 'Irish Examiner', Noel Baker reports that 1,200 prisoners are now accessing drug counselling in prison, while 34 people are on a waiting list for drug treatment programmes. Read more

Health Service Executive: The Introduction of the Opioid Treatment Protocol 20th December 2010

This report by the Health Service Executive represents the first external review of the Methadone Treatment Protocol in Ireland. It seeks to examine the regulatory process and oversight of methadone and opiate dependence treatment. Read more

Mental health facilities in Mountjoy prison 8th December 2010

The current facilities available for accommodating prisoners at risk of self-harm and suicide in Mountjoy Prison would appear to be grossly inadequate, according to a published report by the Inspectors at the Mental Health Commission. Read more

Methadone Services in Cork Prison 8th December 2010

There is an acute awareness that within this State the majority of offenders entering custodial institutions suffer from one form of drug addiction or another, yet one of largest prisons in the state, Cork Prison, still lack the capability of providing essential methadone services. Read more

Impact Personality Disorder Project 28th October 2010

Camden and Islington NHS mental health trust have formed a partnership with the London Probation Service aiming to reduce the recidivism rates and recall into prison of offenders with high risk personality disorders upon release into the community. Read more

Prison Mental Health: Vision and Reality 21st September 2010

The Royal College of Nursing has launched a new publication, 'Prison mental health: vision and reality' developed jointly with the Centre for Mental Health and Nacro, the crime reduction charity. Read more

Under the Radar: Women with borderline personality disorder in prison 14th September 2010 PDF documents

One in four female prisoners struggle with borderline personality disorder, yet their needs are going unnoticed in the UK justice system, according to a report published by the Centre for Mental Health. Read more

Report: Promoting and protecting offenders’mental health and wellbeing 24th August 2010

(England & Wales) A newly published policy document shows that there is a link between mental illness and offending that cannot be ignored; the paper sets forth a nuanced agenda for policy changes that can tackle this underlying cause of crime. Read more

Drug-related deaths among recently released prisoners in Ireland 14th July 2010

A new study has investigated deaths following release from prison among individuals recorded on the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) from 1998 to 2005. The study highlights the need for more intensive prevention measures in the period immediately following release from Irish prisons, including the development of a national overdose… Read more

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