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Illicit activity in prisons - how can technology help?

Publication date: Feb 11, 2013 01:49 PM

Start: Apr 04, 2012 12:00 AM


Dr Mireille Levy, NOMS Science and Technology Advisor
Martin Lee, Head of the NOMS Intelligence and Operations Unit


Reducing illicit activity in prisons is a constant battle in which technology has a huge role to play. The talk introduced the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and gave an overview of the main criminal threats inside prisons and of current and future mitigation strategies. It looked in more detail at drugs and the concrete problem of reducing supply and use in a diverse and continuously evolving environment. The talk reviewed the technologies currently available to detect drugs in prisons and set out the challenges for further research.

Dr Mireille Levy

After a distinguished research career as a physicist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Dr Mireille Levy joined the Home Office in 2001 to manage police radios. She is now the Science and
Technology Advisor for the National Offender Management Service. Her remit covers all science and technology issues relevant to prison and probation, from preventing use of mobile phones and drugs inside jails to equipping prison staff with modern telecommunication systems and developing the next generation of electronic tagging. She is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Martin Lee

By profession I am an analytical chemist specialising in the drugs field having worked for many years  in the Forensic Science Service as a forensic toxicologist.I have worked extensively with law enforcement agencies on all aspects of policing, including a spell as a senior adviser to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary. More recently I lead for NOMS on the prisons drug strategy, which included the commissioning of drug treatment and drug testing services and the oversight of our
research programme. As lately head of the Intelligence and Operations Unit, I had lead policy responsibility for the key threats faced by NOMS. I am a Chartered Chemist,a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.