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Health in Prison, including Mental Health and Drug Policy

Criminal Justice Drug Policy in Ireland 17th November 2006 PDF documents

This paper outlines the need in Ireland for a review of the effectiveness of Ireland's present criminal justice drug policy. Read more

Keeping Drugs Out of Prison: Drug Policy and Strategy 31st December 2005 PDF documents

A report which delves into the Irish Prison Service’s policies and strategies for keeping drugs out of prisons. Read more

Incarceration of Drug Offenders: Costs and Impacts 30th June 2005 PDF documents

The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (BFDPP) is an initiative dedicated to providing a rigorous, independent review of the effectiveness of national and international drug policies. Read more

Harm reduction policies and programs for persons involved in the criminal justice system 31st May 2005 PDF documents

A document intended to inform the implementation of policies and programs for promoting the reduction of harms associated with substance abuse. Read more

A Review of Harm Reduction Approaches in Ireland and Evidence from the International Literature 30th May 2004 PDF documents

This 2002 report considers the evidence and key findings of Dublin City University, commissioned by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD), in its review of International Literature on Harm Reduction and of services available in Ireland. Read more

A review of the evidence-base for harm reduction approaches to drug use 31st December 2003 PDF documents

An overview addressing understandings of harm reduction and summarising its key principles before going on to consider the strength and nature of the evidence of the effectiveness of various forms of ‘harm reduction’ intervention. Read more

Classifications of drug treatment and social reintegration and their availability in EU + Norway 31st December 2003 PDF documents

A report laying out the concepts used as guidelines for classifying drug treatment facilities and their treatment activities. Read more

"To Be, or not to Be, in observation cells?" 10th September 2003 PDF documents

A discussion paper on the introduction of observation cells to the Irish prison system for mentally ill and suicidal prisoners. By Dr. Valerie Bresnihan Read more

Prisoners’ views of injecting drug use and harm reduction in Irish prisons 20th June 2003 PDF documents

A qualitative study examining prisoners’ views of drug injecting practices and harm reduction interventions in Dublin prisons. Read more

Pros and Cons: a guide to creating successful community-based HIV/AIDS programs for prisoners 31st December 2002 PDF documents

This is a practical guide for persons or organisations outside the prison system who are attempting to create community-based initiatives to support prisoners with HIV/AIDS. Read more