HMP Holme House becomes a Drugs Recovery prison in £9m pilot project

Justice Secretary David Gauke recently announced the £9million pilot project at HMP Holme House, aiming to tackle drugs in prison and help offenders to stay clean for good.

The ground-breaking ‘Drug Recovery Prison’(DRP) pilot at HMP Holme House, which involves partnership working between the prison, Spectrum and several other healthcare partners, adopts a wide-ranging approach and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Justice and NHS England. This includes tightening security to stop drugs entering the prison, while helping offenders break their habit of substance abuse.

The increased security has seen investment in new drug detection equipment, including scanners and extra sniffer dogs, while specialist healthcare teams have been drafted in to help prisoners
kick their habit. David Gauke said, “Drugs fuel a cycle of violence and prevent offenders from the process of rehabilitation. To break that cycle we need an innovative approach, and that’s what this pilot offers.”

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum, said, “As a clinician with almost 20 years’ experience providing community substance misuse services, a sizeable proportion of that time has involved working in and providing drug and alcohol treatment behind and through the gate. The DRP is not just about reforming care pathways – DRP is all about a shared philosophy; it’s about common values and it’s about hope.”

Read more about Spectrum’s experiences at Holme House on the NHS England website.