Defined Terms

Specialist Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Locking drug affected people up in steel cages for inordinate amounts of time is a detriment to the prisoner, as well as to the Public Purse that is bearing the prison costs.  In drug related cases like Michael Panavides, who drove into and killed a female cyclist whilst drug affected, the perpetrator must be Punished, then immediately receive specialist Rehabilitation while in prison,  Otherwise the cycle will be repeated.  A Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Program in which the prisoner receives intensive counselling and shown the mechanisms to cope with his or her addiction is key to the inmate's ability to be successfully released back into society.  Research has shown it takes at least 2 years of being off drugs for the brain and body to reasonably heal.  Regular drug testing of an inmate convicted of a drug related crime is a must because prisoners can get drugs into prison to feed their addiction.  The addiction cycle must be broken, coupled with specialist counselling aimed at the offender remaining drug free after release.

Refer the 39 Recommendations in Queensland Drug and Specialist Courts Review Report Summary and Recommendations - Nov 2016

DOING TIME - DRUG USE IN AUSTRALIAN PRISONS - Bulletin volume 4  edition 1

Drug Use in the Inmate Population prevalence, nature and context - Corrective Services NSW - Research Publication No. 52 - June 2013

A Process Evaluation of the Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDATP) - Corrective Services, NSW - Research Publication No. 54 March 2015 solution

Queensland's prison policy is 'stupid', says former chief as he calls for drugs rethink   The Guardian - Fri 16 Jun 2017

Drug rehabilitation services needed in outback NSW, inquiry told