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Nacro has responded to the release of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs report, which was published here yesterday. 

Helen Berresford, Director of External Engagement at Nacro, said:

“In Nacro’s experience, being released on a Friday can make an already difficult day almost impossible and increases the possibility of people reoffending. The first day of release is often a race against the clock to present to services before the weekend and this coupled with peaks of releases on a Friday, can result in people not being able to get vital medication, having to sleep rough and survive on a £46 discharge grant until services reopen on Mondays.

“At Nacro, we have been calling for an end to Friday prison releases and we found that 72% of UK adults agree. We call on the new Prisons and Probation Minister to take action and end Friday releases.”