50% of Jailed Scots Were Drunk While Committing Their Crime
The Scottish Prison Services’ annual survey of inmates reveals that in 2009, half of all inmates were intoxicated during the commission of their jail-able crime – a figure that is up substantially from the 40% who admitted the same only 4 years ago, in 2005.
Other findings from the survey include:
- 42% of prisoners said they wanted to reduce their alcohol consumption (up from 34% in 2005)
- 37% of prisoners said they felt guilty about their alcohol habits (up from 29% in 2005)
- 43% of prisoners said they needed a drink first thing in the morning (up from 31% in 2005)
- 22% admitted to having used drugs (in prison) within a month of being asked – this is down substantially from the 38% in 2005
- 18% said they were afraid for their safety while behind bars
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