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50% of Jailed Scots Were Drunk While Committing Their Crime

posted 03:44 AM EST, Sat January 23, 2010
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50% of Jailed Scots Were Drunk While Committing Their Crime © Photo Credit: St. Stev

Half of Scots in the country’s prison system were drunk when they committed their crime – survey shows that alcohol use by prisoners is up substantially from only 4 years ago.

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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