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80% of prisoners have been estimated to have used illicit drugs in their lifetime, in contrast to 39% of the general population




80% of prisoners have been estimated to have used illicit drugs in their lifetime, in contrast to 39% of the general population




The average daily total cost per prisoner per day is estimated to be over $290 whilst the cost of residential treatment programs are estimated to cost governments only $98 a day and pharmacotherapy maintenance estimated to be less than $10 per person per day.




A ten year follow up study of NSW inmates in methadone treatment found a 20 per cent reduction in re-incarceration




Despite anecdotal evidence that injecting drug use occurs in prisons, not one Australian prison has a needle and syringe program operating




The prison system efforts on drug and alcohol problems are most often directed at supply reduction with limited evidence available for their effectiveness.




Australia’s prison population has increased 30% in the last decade




Recidivism rates exceed 50 per cent.




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