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NCJ Number: 162333 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Testing in Prisons
Journal: International Journal of Drug Policy  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:106-111
Author(s): D Riley
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines the validity of claims justifying the random drug testing of prison inmates.
Abstract: It has been claimed that random urinalysis programs for prison inmates will result in a decrease in drug use, a decrease in the violence related to drug use, and a decrease in the violence associated with drug trafficking in institutions. Findings indicate that random urinalysis programs result in inmates switching from drugs that are detectable for a long time to those which are either not detectable by urinalysis or are only detectable for a short time. It is unlikely that the program will reduce the violence associated with drug use and drug trafficking, because drugs least likely to be associated with violence will be replaced by drugs more likely to be associated with aggressive behavior. In addition, a drug-testing program will have negative consequences in that it will lower inmates¦ morale and produce an increased level of mistrust and alienation between staff and inmates. The article includes suggested alternative actions to achieve a balance between the liberty of inmates and the protection of society. References
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Blood/body fluid analysis; Corrections; Drug abuse in correctional facilities; Drug detection; Drug law offenses; Drug Policy; Drug-abusing inmates; Inmate hustling; Prison contraband; Urinalysis
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