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Drug Addicts Win Human Rights Compensation For Being Forced To Go Cold Turkey

Three drug addicted prisoners have won more than 11,000 in compensation after a court ruled that forcing them to go cold turkey was a breach of their human rights.  (THIS IS IN THE UK).


By Murray Wardrop

December 3, 2008 – Each was awarded 3,800 after it was ruled that denying them heroin and other drugs such as methadone to help treat their addictions was illegal.

The figure was only part of the 50,000 of taxpayers” money paid out in just one year to seven inmates at HMP Winchester, Hants.

Another prisoner at the jail claimed 14,250 after being assaulted by a fellow convict, according to the new figures.

Other payments included 6,623 for a “slip, trip or fall,” 5,000 for a “sports injury” and 9,000 for a mysterious “miscellaneous injury.”

But the payouts have been branded “disgusting” by campaigners while a leading MP said prisoners were cashing in on Britain’s compensation culture.

Taxpayers’ Alliance spokesman Mark Wallace said: “It’s disgusting that law-abiding taxpayers have to stump up compensation because drug addicts weren’t allowed to keep taking drugs in prison.”

“It’s extremely worrying that the compensation culture has grown so much and particularly that prisoners have obviously realised this is an easy way to make a quick buck.

“It is also extremely unfair that if you are the victim of crime you are likely to get minimal victim compensation, if any.”

“But it appears criminals are increasingly turning over a tidy profit fro the system.”

Chris Huhne MP, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: “Some of these claims seem to be little more than a shameless cashing in on this country’s compensation culture.”

He added: “By conceding the legal action, the Home Office accepted full liability in all cases.”

“It is clear that short, sharp, enforced detoxification is still the experience for many entering prison, even for those who were in receipt of a prescribed substitute drug such as methadone prior to custody.”

The figures were released this week as a result of a Freedom of Information request made to the Ministry of Justice.

It showed that at the five prisons across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 14 inmates received a total of 60,549 in compensation from the Prison Service in 2006/07.

This was an increase of almost 1,200% on two years earlier, when just three inmates successfully claimed 4,500 after being assaulted by a member of staff.

Another convict was given 4,00 for unlawful detention.

A Prison Service Spokeswoman said it successfully defend the majority of contested claims.

She said: “We make payments only when we are instructed to do so by the courts or where strong legal advice suggests that a settlement will save public money.”

Albany Prison for sex offenders has the most widespread compensation culture, with inmates submitting 69 claims in 2006/07. Of these, just two resulted in payouts.

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  1. December 6, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    This article tries to make this payout about drug addicts “abusing” the system and trying to get a quick buck.

    ITS NOT! This is about HUMAN RIGHTS! Methadone is a prescribed medication for a physical illness. Rapid opioid withdrawal is torture….and what’s worse is it is completely within the prison/jail’s means to TREAT the withdrawal medically and make it SAFER and MORE humane. BUT they chose to allow the prisoners to be tortured instead.

    It’s equal to allowing a epileptic to seize in a cement jail cell over and over without offering medication or even a soft spot to make the convulsing safer for the prisoners head and body!

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