If you were the Home Secretary facing an increasing drugs problem would you
a) Look at the system to see how drugs were getting into prisons
b) Introduce a zero tolerance of drugs policy in prisons
c) Increase the budget for prison officers to police the drugs problem
d) Cut the number of daily cell checks to save money
Incredibly d) is the option chosen by the government. The Observer has the story HERE. We already know that Gordon Brown has cut £50 million from the drugs rehabilitation programme. This move will save the Prison Service £60 million. How much it will actually cost the country in the long terms remains to be seen.