TMA03 The Outline Proposal

Title: Substance misuse, crime, rehabilitation and recovery.   Are we in danger of   over complicating what is already a complicated and complex issue?
This outline proposal will seek to give a critical evaluation of the way in which the United Kingdom manages and treats substance misuse and associated criminality. In doing so it will give some consideration as to the ‘effectiveness’ of strategies employed by the UK as well as other countries such as America and Australia in dealing with such complex issues as stated above. One such theme could be the piloting of Drug Courts in a bid to reduce recidivism.   In addition attention will be given to both previous and current Government policies with specific emphasis on the Criminal Justice Sector (CJS) and its Prison Drug Strategy.
The effectiveness and the pros and cons of the Integrated Drug Treatment Services (IDTS) currently employed within the prison system will be a main focus of this work. It will seek to question the usefulness of this joint working partnerships and the philosophy behind it with an emphasis on the questionable ‘morality’ of psychopharmacological treatments such as prescribing the highly addictive opium substitute methadone.   Methadone as part of the clinical management of drug dependency is used all over the country in prisons such as HMP Littlehey in Huntingdon e.g. – as a method of detoxification, maintenance and/or retoxification.
Another part of the IDTS partnership is the prison based Counselling, Advice, Referral, and Throughcare Service (CARATs).   CARATs assess the needs of substance misusing ‘clients’, case manage and provide psychosocial interventions and referral onto more intensive prison/community based offending behaviour and/or treatment programmes such as those provided by the 12 Step organisation The Rehabilitation of Addiction Prisoners Trust (RAPt).   And so a further element to this paper would be to examine and question the effectiveness,...