Drug addicts making Dodds a regular home
Superintendent of Prisons, Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse is of the view drug addicts are the greatest challenge to lowering the prison's recidivism rates.
Her Majesty Prison (HMP) Dodds has been known to have high rates of repeat offenders as was shown in a study conducted last year by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) and revealed during a national consultation in violence.
Nurse told members of the media there is a certain category of prisoners that "will forever keep coming back" as these ones often have no proper support system on the outside.
"You get back into your drug addiction problem you will come back because you are going to steal, you're going to commit other offenses that will lead you back into the arms of the law and back into the prison."
He said it was difficult to assess if the programs being rolled out at Dodds are yet effective in lowering the recidivism rates.
"When we are going to measure recidivism we cannot do so over a short period of time, it has to be over five years or more. Has that person reoffended, if so why? And what are the factors that led to them reoffending.
He noted the prison programs are being tailored to ensure inmates, on leaving the prison, are able to successfully reintegrate themselves back into society and as part of that rehabilitation, he said it was necessary for support to be offered on the outside as well.
"So that is a challenge, not only what is available in the prison but also what is available in the community to help offset that negative impacts that persons may have after leaving prison."
Nurse said those who leave prison "with nothing to go back to" - no home, job or family, are oftentimes the ones who end up back in prison system.