12/02/2013 Spotlight


12/02/2013

Hard-hitting investigations about life in Northern Ireland. Ciaran Tracey investigates drug abuse in Northern Ireland's prisons.


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This program contains some strong $:/STARTFEED. Tonight, a place you

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can get drugs. It is easier to get heroin in prison than it is outside.

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My son could still be alive. reveal a breakdown in prison drug

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testing as staff shortages are at home. Are past failures still

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We investigate the extent of illicit and prescription drug abuse

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in Northern Ireland's prisons. We find out why the system is

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struggling to cope with the drug problem behind bars. Northern

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Ireland's prison service has been criticised time and again, deemed

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as ineffective. It is beset by chronic staff absence. It might

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seem hard to believe that drugs get into our prisons, smuggled in by

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residents, visitors and staff. But many are there already and

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available on prescription. I am going behind bars to find out the

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Maghaberry Prison. We have been given a glimpse of life inside

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Northern Ireland's high-security prison. Where are you taking us

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now? Down to reception. What does that mean in prison terms? This is

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where people are processed, their details taken. Governor Patrick

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Maguire is in charge of the inmates. The prisoners arrive in from the

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vehicles, come along the corridor. Prisoners are processed, they are

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seen by various staff, given various measurements, they will be

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given clothes. Around half of the prisoners here come in on remand,

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but many will not return to the outside world for years, even

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decades. This is prison life. These blocks can be a harsh place.

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SHOUTING AND SWEARING. Over a quarter of inmates here have drug

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habits. On the day we filmed, there had been a drugs find. Today, a

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visitor was caught with drugs. That person has been arrested.

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Jurisdictions around the world have drug issues. What we are all about

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is zero tolerance of drugs. We have a number of methodologies to deal

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with the drug issue. But the prison's track record shows

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anything but zero tolerance. Patricia Gilmore suffered as a

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result. Her son Richard died in 2009 in Magilligan Prison.

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first I knew was when the police arrived at the door to tell me that

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my son was dead. It was quite a shock. What was that morning like?

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The police came and said a suspicious death and that we were

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not to go near the prison because we would not get in. I thought

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perhaps somebody had killed him or he had got into a fight or had

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committed suicide. The liaison officer told me about the drugs. He

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had smuggled drugs into prisonand died after taking a toxic cocktail

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of pills. It was just three weeks before he was due to be released.

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His sister has lost a brother, my grandson has lost a father.

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inquest found the defects in the prison system had contributed to

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his death and that searches should have been carried out after the

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suspected overdose of another inmate. Richard was a known drug

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abuser but he had been given his prescription pills in bulk. An

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officer had even been aware he was high on drugs prior to his death.

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My son would be alive if only they had done certain things, had

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checked him. When there was a clear awareness? One of them told me he

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was off his head. If somebody is off their head on drugs, what do

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you do? You do something about it. At the inquest, it seemed there is

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nothing they can do. Drugs get in no matter what. There is nothing

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they can do about it. But there must be something they can do.

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since Richard's Gilmore's death, basic failings in the supervision

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of drug use amongst prisoners has been a feature of several deaths in

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our jails. The Prison Ombudsman says that the service has been slow

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to put in what could be life-saving changes. I have made it absolutely

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clear that we need to givea much higher level of priority to the

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whole issue of drugs. We have to look at the supply of drugs into

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prison. We have to try and stop them getting into prison. That is

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always going to be difficult, but it is important we try.

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question is how hard has the Prison Service been trying? What goes on

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in Northern Ireland's prison is hidden from public view. But I have

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talked to someone who knows it very well. An officer who saw the drug

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problem first hand. That former officer agreed to speak to me on

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camera, but wanted his identity obscured. He said that inside

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anything goes. Prisoners in Maghaberry can get anything. They

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are out of their skull. You do not know what they have taken. They

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don't know what they have taken. Belfast lawyer we spoke to said a

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number of his clients have come into contact with drugs while

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imprisoned. He says the problem is severe enough for even hardened

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drug dealers to be concerned. client said he had never come into

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contact with heroin until he went to Maghaberry. Another client who

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was a cocaine dealer asked me to make representations to take him

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away from the heroin. He says another of his clients did become

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hooked on heroin while on the inside. The scale of the problem

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has led this lawyer to one staggering conclusion. It is easier

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to get heroin in prison than it is outside. The number of heroin

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seizures has been small, but many I spoke to expected the problem to

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increase. Time and again, the Prison Service has been criticised

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by the Prisons Ombudsman and government inspectors for failing

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to keep prisoners safe. They say crucial chances to save lives have

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been missed. The regime is based on security not rehabilitation. It is

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a service stuck in the past. need to have a whole new generation

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of prison officers with a different mindset. That doesn't mean you

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throw out discipline and security. There has to be, and even a report

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has said it, a cultural change that goes to the root of what people

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traditionally have always called a dinosaur mentality. Long-serving

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officers are more than familiar with the accusation. I am quite

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happy and proud to be a dinosaur. We had a block in the Maze called

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Jurassic Park because it was all dinosaurs. We did the job, we were

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able to do the job and we did not shy away from doing the job. 30

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years later we are still doing the job. Hundreds of older officers

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agreed to a golden goodbye to make way for younger, cheaper recruits.

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Since last year, prison officers have been leaving in droves. Many

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of them were members of the Prison Officers' Association.

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relationship between the the Prison Service management and the

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Association has been challenging. I do not expect to get to a position

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where we agree on everything. But my sense is we do now have a mature

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relationship. This is not the first time that someone has tried to

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bring change to our prisons. In 2009, Steve Rodford promised reform

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but quit after a security breach when his personal details were

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found in a prisoner's cell. This is the prisoner assessment unit on

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Belfast's Crumlin Road. Until 2011, it housed life-sentence prisoners

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coming to the end of their tariff. It meant they could come and go,

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mix with the community, get jobs. It was a facility designed to

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prepare them for real life. The prisoner assessment unit was closed

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in controversy when it was revealed a night custody officer had been in

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a relationship with one of the inmates. An investigation was

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launched. The officer we spoke to was one of those interviewed in the

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investigation. He says he tried to blow the whistle on how a goverenor

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at the PAU had once agreed to help a prisoner save up to repay a debt

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over drugs. When we got to �200, this would be handed to the

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prisoners niece who would pay the drug dealer. So staff were being

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instructed by a governor to save money to pay off a drug dealer?

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Correct. What was your opinion of that? I told the governor where to

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go and said that no member of staff will be taking any truck with that.

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But the money was paid and the investigation uncovered more. The

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unit was being managed chaotically while staff were working hours to

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suit themselves, junior officers were often left in charge of

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dangerous prisoners. The report damned a dysfunctional prison unit

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but its findings remain heavily blacked out. The former officer we

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spoke to said staff were doing their best and management were at

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fault. He wants the report to be fully published. What was the point

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in printing it? Somebody has something to hide. Eventually two

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governors were suspended for bringing the Prison Service into

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disrepute. This facility is due to re-open, but there are no plans to

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publish the full report. The public may never know why it was closed in

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the first place. Just because it is redacted it doesn't mean that you

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should have confidence we will learn the lessons from what

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happened previously and make sure that the new PAU is fit for purpose

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and we learn from mistakes made and acknowledge them. Disorganised

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staff and poor management were the legacies of the Prison Service's

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troubled past. The jails themselves remain largely unchanged. The

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service has been recently criticised for still keeping

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prisoners in cell blocks like these for up to 20 hours per day. The

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prison governors want to phase them out and know they are poorly

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designed, outdated and cramped. These tiny cells are frequently

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shared, but can't be consigned to the history books yet. More blocks

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just like this currently hold over 400 inmates. The Prison Ombudsman

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has lambasted the regime of confinement. If we want to deal

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with drugs, we have to deal with the demand. People who are locked

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up for long periods may not be well, may have mental health problems,

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may have addiction problems, the last way we will prevent them from

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looking for drugs is by locking them up. You are locked down, not

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out of your cell. It is boredom and the fact you have no meaning beyond

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your immediate situation. If you have a mental health condition it

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will worsen. If you haven't got one, you are at risk of getting one.

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That is the reality. All the research I have done has

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demonstrated that is the continuing debilitating reality. It is this

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that aggravates one of Maghaberry Prison's biggest problems. Inmates'

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cravings for prescription pills that come in legitimately through

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the front door. Two-thirds of medication like painkillers and

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anti- anxiety tablets. It is these drugs, as well as illegal ones,

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that are being abused. They are out of it. They are walking about as if

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they have been out all night having a skinful and the staff just say,

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"Look at him, get him into a cell and out of the road." Because many

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drugs are given out weekly, prisoners are hoarding them

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increasing the risk of misuse. Worse, pills have become currency

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and an underground economy is rife. As a consequence, drugs are being

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stolen, traded or bullied from vulnerable inmates. We are about

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trying to find a safe environment for prisoners and staff. That will

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take more time to achieve. It is an ongoing battle, but we are

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determined that we will achieve what we set out to achieve, which

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is a safer prison for everyone. That will be an uphill battle. One

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way is to watch prisoners taking drugs, but this has been delayed

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due to a lack of manpower. Back in 2009, the prison was severely

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criticised by inspectors and labelled one of the worst jails in

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the UK. Tom McGonigle was on the team that said so. Drugs were often

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the currency in the prison so prisoners were bullied and

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prisoners traded them. If you think of the fact that communal areas are

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not supervised adequately, then that meant there was a greater risk

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of bullying and overdosing. inspection team returned last year.

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There had been improvements, but they found it hadn't improved

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nearly enough in its commitment to stamp out drug abuse. In relation

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to substance misuse, it had not changed adequately at all. We went

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in in March 2012 and reported in December 2012 and essentially there

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was little progress in those areas. Inspectors had welcomed a new

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system of testing for drugs at the jail, but nearly one year on, we

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have discovered that drugs testing has faced serious difficulties.

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Figures obtained by Spotlight show how last year drug-testing fell

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from 138 tests in January to just 13 in August. Testing faced more

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disruption last winter. It is fair to say that drugs testing,

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alongside a number of other things, has been a casualty of staff

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shortages. I take that very seriously. I have been working with

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the Governor and senior management to look at how we can make sure

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that drug-testing is not one of those things that gets cancelled.

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Fewer staff meant fewer tests. The Prison Ombudsman says it is a poor

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state of affairs for a service supposedly clamping down on a drugs

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crisis. I raised it with the Prison Service when I was told and my

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reaction to that is that it is not acceptable. If we are serious about

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dealing with the problem then the priority we give to making sure

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that functions like drugs testing are fully staffed and that is not

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the place we go to take stuff when we have a problem somewhere else

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and it has to be given the highest priority. It is completely

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unacceptable. A key goal of the change programme is to run prisons

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on fewer staff. But staff sick leave in prisons here is among the

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worst in the civil service. This long-term absence alongside the

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exodus of retiring officers has left management struggling to cope.

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There will be difficult decisions to be made whenever we are short of

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staff or when we perceive we are short of staff. So it is not easy.

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That's something we will have to give. We need to be clear that, if

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drugs is a priority, then drugs testing has to be part of that

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strategy. New recruits and new ideas were supposed to be bringing

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change in a service that badly needs it. It seems clear there is

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tension between old officers and young counterparts. These are smart

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young people, that is fine. Street craft, jail craft, to be able to

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look a prisoner in the eye, not down at them. They can come in with

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degrees and A-levels and the rest of it. Whenever I came into jail,

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you did not open your mouth for the first six weeks. You went in there

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and you worked on the wing and listened to what you were being

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told. These ones go in and think they know better. Their first day

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they are telling you how to do the job. Jail craft, the know-how on

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the wings is crucial. That is a craft that also needs to evolve and

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there are fears that attempts to modernise won't survive contact

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with the old guard let alone prisoners as the head of the Prison

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Service told Stormont last year. There is a risk that we train

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people at college and they go back and staff say, "Forget what you

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learnt, we will show you how it is really done." We have said to them,

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you will come under pressure not to do some of the things we are

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training you to do. Finlay Spratt is the chairman of the Prison

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Officers' Association and rejects the allegation that older staff

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will lean on new recruits to abandon training. That statement

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was made by somebody who does not know the staff in the Northern

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Ireland Prison Service. I would ask Sue McAllister, where is her

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evidence to support that? There is no evidence. Quite a lot of her

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staff are remaining within the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

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Her remark exposed a rift in the service. We needed to make sure

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that we supported all of our staff to work in this new way, including

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experienced staff and that we recognise that there might be times

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when some of the experienced staff found these new ways of working

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difficult, challenging or they simply felt unable to be part of

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that change. We needed to support new colleagues in resisting

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pressure where it happened from some of the more experienced staff.

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Having said that, our experience to date of how the new officers have

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been received by more experienced staff has been largely positive.

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Crossing over to a new culture hasn't been easy for the Prison

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Service. I have come to Bristol to hear about the transformations that

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other prison services have undergone and why that matters to

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Northern Ireland. Prisons in the rest of the British Isles have been

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on a rail journey in the last 20 years, moving away from a culture

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of punishment and towards rehabilitation. That is a journey

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that Northern Ireland prisons say they want to follow. I have come

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here to meet someone who has investigated drugs in prisons for

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decades. Someone who advised the Northern Ireland Prison Service on

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dealing with substance abuse. Dr Anthoney Hewitt found that the

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service was slow to put his recommendations, such as keeping

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track, into practice. I was disappointed, we all were, how long

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it took to even consider some of them and how some of them were

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diverted into sub committees or other planning groups when they

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could have been implemented relatively easy and quickly.

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Prison Service has changed in Great Britain in his time and so has the

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way it deals with complex issues like drug abuse. There has

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definitely been a change in the 30 years I have been working in

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prisons. Between what you might call the ex-military model of

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prison officer that I was working with in the Eighties to the sort of

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officer you have now. It is a much more complex job and more demanding.

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That hasn't necessarily been an easy process to go from one to the

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other. Sometimes that has meant changing personnel, not just

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personalities. Change has been introduced. Back at Maghaberry

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Prison, authorities say they are making improvements trying to

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increase time outside cells. The service says it can make the system

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work with fewer staff and they claim it is to the benefit of the

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inmates. I have been allowed in in open association time. As you can

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see, there are not a lot of staff about. That is the way the Prison

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Service wants to move to. It is a new culture. Certain prisoners can

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now move more freely around the complex and the Governor tells me

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the most modern blocks offer a better regime for the inmates.

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People tend to integrate well. If everyone finds their own level. I'm

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a great believer that we can change the culture, we can change

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behaviours through good architecture. This design of this

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house block will allow all of that to flourish. That is why I am

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optimistic about the future. Some that we spoke to were also getting

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used to a new regime of openness. More prisoners out of cells with

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fewer staff is an idea dismissed by the Prison Officers' Association.

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The chairman has a stark warning. think the drug problem will get

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worse within prisons and we will end up with more attacks on

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prisoners on prisoners. And more attacks on staff because as the

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prisoners get high on drugs, staff will pay the penalty. That is the

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result of this wonderful reform that they talk about and also the

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fact of cutting the staffing levels at the minute. Critics say staffing

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levels cannot remain as high as they once did. There is no reason

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whatsoever that safe administration of drugs and at the same time, safe

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monitoring of drugs and their use, if that comes down to searching

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cells, can be carried out. I'm at a loss to be able to even contemplate

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why, with the levels of staffing we have in our prison system, we

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cannot carry out safe, secure, appropriate regimes. After many

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failures, the Prison Service no longer runs medicine inside the

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jails. It is now handled by the South Eastern Health Trust and they

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have promised to clamp down on inmates' access to prescription

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drugs. Where they are already getting medication from their GP

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and where we can verify that case, we will do so and they will get

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their medication. There are times when we can't do that. Not all

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prisoners tell us the truth. In the past, many prisoners have been over

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prescribed. There have also been serious problems with some

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prisoners needing drugs and not getting them. Solicitor Matt

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Higgins says that despite recent changes, he is still writing on his

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clients' behalf complaining of this problem. I wrote on each occasion

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and on each occasion sometime later I got a letter from the trust

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saying your request will be dealt with within 28 days. The holding

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letter I get from the trust just shows that it is not being dealt

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with urgently. It is extremely disappointing given their recurring

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promises and the repeated problems that come to light. Yet the trust

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maintains it can't rush proper medical assessment of inmates.

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have in place robust arrangements to ensure individuals are not

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prescribed medication just because they ask for it or just because the

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solicitor says they require it. you satisfied that is happening

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timely enough? Absolutely. Despite the setbacks, the Prison Service

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maintains reform is working. It says new facilities like this have

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different ways of working with prisoners and it is positive. Some

:28:46.:28:56.
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inmates agree. This is great. You can come over here, walk around as

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free. A bit of freedom is good for you and relaxing. Yet the shadow of

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drug abuse still lingers. While filming, we saw this. The notice

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warned of bad drugs in circulation. It asked inmates to hand them over

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or flush them away. Spotlight has learnt it went up following the

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death of another inmate just weeks before Christmas. The ombudsman is

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Ciaran Tracey investigates drug abuse in Northern Ireland's prisons.


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