There is a strong relationship between
excessive alcohol and other drug (AOD) use with criminal activity
and reoffending. Prisoners have poorer levels of physical and
mental health than the general population, with excessive AOD use
being a primary contributor. Therefore preventing access to AOD
while in prison and effectively treating and addressing AOD
problems is likely to assist in the rehabilitation of prisoners,
reduce future offending and improve prisoners' health outcomes.
This audit assessed the effectiveness of the
strategies and programs implemented by the Department of Justice,
through Corrections Victoria and Justice Health, to reduce the
supply of, demand for, and harm caused by drugs in prisons.
The audit found that despite the high numbers of prisoners
entering the prison system with drug problems, Corrections Victoria
is generally effective at preventing drugs from entering prisons
and detecting drugs that get past its barrier controls. Both
Corrections Victoria and Justice Health are also appropriately
identifying and managing prisoners with drug issues. However, the
Department of Justice needs to place greater emphasis on
performance reporting and evaluation to be able to determine just
how effective its drug-related strategies and programs are.
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