Read the MetroPolis policy brief, ‘Reforming Prison Drug Policy’ by Rob Ralphs, Rebecca Askew and VolteFace, here:
VolteFace, in collaboration with Uservoice, Rob Ralphs and Rebecca Askew, are hosting their latest event: High Stakes: Prison Drug Policy Symposium at the Barbican today, the 5th of May 2017.
“Rising rates of drug use, suicides, violence and self-harm have gained increasing media attention over the last year. Growing problems associated with the sale and use of novel psychoactive substances have been highlighted by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Prisons & Probation Ombudsman and the Ministry of Justice as a major challenge facing the prison estate.”
“This symposium will bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, policymakers and experts to propose pragmatic policy changes to reduce drug-related harms and improve prison outcomes. The day will include brief introductions to recent research in the area followed by an open space programme resulting in propositions on policy change & best practice.”
“This event is part of a wider programme of lobbying and engagement to help improve prison outcomes. This research-driven programme is off the back of Volteface’s High Stakes: An Inquiry into the Drugs Crisis in English Prisons, User Voice’s Spice: The Bird Killer & Rob Ralphs, Lisa Williams, Rebecca Askew & Anna Norton’s Adding Spice to the Porridge: The development of a synthetic cannabinoid market in an English prison.”
For more information on their upcoming events and current work, head over to their website: