This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
A safe injection facility in Glasgow is only the first step in a necessary shift from law enforcement to health-based drug approaches, Kenny MacAskill argues
Our Deputy Director Will McMahon co-signed a letter in The Sunday Telegraph, published yesterday, calling for the government to join the growing global policy shift towards a health-led approach in relation to the harms of controlled substance misuse. The call comes as the government prepares to refresh its drug strategy in the coming year.
With Trainspotting 2 currently being filmed in Edinburgh, Kenny MacAskill calls for a more realistic approach to drug taking
Will McMahon considers the next steps for decriminalising drugs in the wake of the recent report from the Royal Society for Public Health
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies has welcomed calls by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for ‘the personal possession and the use of all illegal drugs to be decriminalised’, and for a new strategy to be developed to deal with drug harms modelled on the Portuguese harm reduction approach.
Helen Mills, Research Associate at the Centre, who chaired our recent event on Portugal’s health-based approach to drug-taking, said:
The Centre's director, Richard Garside, was among more than 1,000 public figures across the world calling on the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to support an open and constructive debate on drugs policy.
The call comes in advance of a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the world drug problem, taking place next week in New York.
The war on drugs is a civil war and it's time to call a halt, writes Kenny MacAskill MSP
Our Director Richard Garside was one of more than 80 individuals and organisations who signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a review of the United Kingdom's approach to illegal drugs.
The letter was organised by drugs charity Release and published yesterday as part of the Global Day of Action, to raise awareness of the harms caused by the war on drugs. It points out that in the past 15 years, over 1.5 million people have been criminalised in the UK for drugs possession.