Mandatory drug tests (MDT’s) were introduced into the prison system in 1995. The Prison Act 1952 was amended to include a requirement for prisoners to submit to tests. Such tests are not to be confused with drug testing for clinical purposes to determine appropriate treatment, or voluntary drug testing as part of a compact, both of which require the informed consent of the prisoner and… (download to read more)

This article was originally published in “Inside Time” magazine (March 2011), and can be viewed here