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Jail drugs plan 'daft'.

PRISON officers have branded as barmy new proposals to tackle prisoners' drug addiction.

Plans include renaming inmates "residents" and giving them time for "cellular reflection" on the error of their ways.

The pounds 76million project, idea of drugs tsar Keith Hellawell, will start in 50 jails next month.

But probation service chief Harry Fletcher last night described it as "a step too far".

Garth Prison, Preston, is to provide spelling games, debates and encounter groups "for expression of negative feelings".

Inmates at Blundeston, Suffolk, will learn how to relax. At Wymott, Lancs, they'll have tutorials in "personal growth". And, at Grendon, Bucks, they'll spend hours reflecting.

Mr Fletcher said: "Therapeutic communities may help the well-off and well-educated but prisons are a different matter."
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Author:Hardy, James
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 13, 1999
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