In 2021, there has been a renewed focus and investment by the Government in reducing drug-related crime and preventing drug-related deaths. The provision of drug and alcohol treatment for offenders in custody and continued support once the offender is released into the community is crucial in reducing reoffending and drug-related deaths.

Mark Dronfield manages drug and alcohol and reducing reoffending services for Turning Point in Central London. They have worked for 25 years as both a practitioner and manager with drug and alcohol users in both voluntary and statutory services. Mark has worked both in custody and in the community.

Mark has been involved in projects that bring together housing, health care and substance misuse treatment services to address prolific reoffending in Central London, He leads services that focus on holistic support and intensive work in the first two weeks following an offender’s release from custody. In this session, Mark discusses the importance of drug and alcohol treatment and support for offenders after their release from custody.

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Reoffending is more likely when drug and alcohol provisions are stopped after custody. Mark Dronfield from Turning Point London discussed the importance of continued support for offenders as they enter the community and shared the work of Turning Point.

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