New Psychoactive Substances

HMP Lincoln – psychoactive substance death report published – that’s two in one day

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) has published her report into the psychoactive-substance-related death of 27 year old Ashley Williams in June 2018 at HMP Lincoln – earlier today the PPO also published her report into the psychoactive-substance-related death of of 32 year old Marlon Watson in September 2018 at HMP Dovegate The PPO reports: […]

HMP Dovegate: Another Psychoactive Substance Death

The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has published her report in the death of 32 year old Marlon Watson in September 2018 at HMP Dovegate The PPO reports: Mr Marlon Watson died on 29 September 2018 after being found hanging in his cell at HMP Dovegate. He was 32 years old. I offer my condolences to […]

HMP Preston – No Mambulances Since January. Copy that?

The IMB at Preston report the prison has found an effective way to stop inmates getting their hands on psychoactive substances like Spice – by using a photocopier. Preston staff found the drugs were being smuggled into the jail via the prisoners’ mail, after the paper used to write the letters was soaked in the […]

Prisons could get new powers to test for NPS

Prisons could be handed new powers to test for psychoactive substances not currently prohibited by law – but one prisons expert has said the move was “based on a complete misunderstanding of reality”. Prisoners can now only be tested for substances that are registered under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – meaning many modern […]

Tobacco costs twice as much as Spice

Prisoners can buy the drug known as Spice at half the cost of illicit tobacco behind bars, an inspection report reveals. Inmates at one jail described how the availability of drugs, coupled with a recently imposed smoking ban, had helped fuel a sense of “hopelessness”. Spice – a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of […]

Prison Deaths From New Psychoactive Substances Rises To 79 Says Ombudsman

The number of prisoner deaths in which the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) may have played a part has now risen to at least 79, said Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) Nigel Newcomen. Tonight (11/7/2017) he addressed the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs at the House of Lords. Looking back at his six-year […]

Birmingham Prison – ‘The Worst Prison Riot Since Strangeways

Authorities have regained control of one of the country’s biggest jails after trouble described as the worst since the infamous 1990 Strangeways Prison riot. Hundreds of inmates were caught up in disorder after disturbances erupted across four wings of HMP Birmingham, lasting more than 12 hours. Riot squads were deployed to the category B jail […]

HMP/YOI Moorland – New Psychoactive Substances Threat Level Raised To ‘Severe’

The availability of new psychoactive substances was threatening to undermine recent progress at Moorland, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published the report of an unannounced inspection of the South Yorkshire resettlement prison. HMP/YOI Moorland holds around 1,000 prisoners, of whom around 250 are foreign national offenders and 340 are sex offenders. […]