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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 41 - Drugs in prisons [16384/16]. (16 Jun 2016)

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41. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the programme of mandatory drug testing in prisons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16384/16]

 

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald):   I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the formal mandatory drug testing of prisoners ceased in 2013. The programme ceased as it was limited in respect of the type of drugs which could be detected in the tests. As such these tests were not offering value for money or the operational outcomes needed by the prison service. Limited targeted drug testing of prisoners has continued for medical and operational reasons.

 

I am further advised by the Irish Prison Service that consideration is being given to the introduction of a new drug testing scheme for the purposes of assisting in sentence management decisions. This testing will assist the Prison Service in making decisions as to the suitability of certain prisoners for Temporary Release, enhanced remission and transfer to Open Centres.

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