In the Media

Radical plea to aid women addicts in jail

PUBLISHED February 21, 2005

Women who leave prison with drug problems should be relocated to another part of the country, with access to all-female treatment to give them the best chance of a new life and rehabilitation.

These are the radical findings of a report to be published tomorrow by Drugscope, amid growing concerns for the safety of women with drug and mental health problems in Britain's overcrowded jails. Last year, 13 women killed themselves in prison and this month, 26-year-old Victoria Robinson, hanged herself at New Hall prison near Wakefield. Two-thirds of those who commit suicide in prison have drug problems.