HC Deb 14 May 2004 vol 421 cc608-9W
Mr. Jenkins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been enrolled in the Criminal Justice Interventions Programme since its inception. [172496]

Caroline Flint

The Criminal Justice Interventions Programme (CJIP) is a three-year programme to develop and integrate measures for directing drug-misusing offenders out of crime and into treatment. The programme draws together and builds on the best existing solutions available and introduces new elements. Delivery at a local level is through integrated teams, using a case management approach to offer access to treatment and support from an offender's first point of contact with the criminal justice system through custody, court, sentence and beyond.

As the programme engages offenders in a wide range of circumstances and at different times in an individuals' contact with the Criminal Justice System, there is no concept of "enrolling" offenders in the programme. Data systems for analysing activity and outcomes across the programme are still in progress but by March 2004 some 2,800 offenders per month were being drug tested of whom 52 per cent. were testing positive. Approximately 900 Drug Treatment and Testing Orders were being commenced each month and criminal justice drugs workers were making 5,500 contacts with offenders. These numbers will increase from April 2004 as 36 more Basic Command Units join the full programme.