UK – Sunday Times Report: Taxpayers Paid £2.5 Billion To Incarcerate Cannabis Offenders Since 2015

UK – Sunday Times Report: Taxpayers Paid £2.5 Billion To Incarcerate Cannabis Offenders Since 2015

The Sunday Times writes,    Taxpayers have spent more than £2.5 billion detaining up to 8,000 people a year for cannabis offences since 2015, The Times can reveal. Figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show that more than one in every 100 people behind bars in Britain over the past five years was convicted of a cannabis offence — with thousands more kept in police custody. The figures include only prisoners for whom cannabis was the main offence, not where the drug was a contributing factor to another offence. Grizzle report in further detail “Leaving the moral arguments aside, it is clear that the prohibition of cannabis costs taxpayers a fortune every year,” Harry Fone of the Taxpayers Alliance told The Times. “Legalization would release hundreds of millions of pounds to be spent on other priorities.” The consumer group said that the police spend £212 million per year enforcing cannabis laws, the Crown Prosecution Service spends £47 million, £60 million goes towards legal aid for those charged with cannabis offences and the probation service spends £141 million monitoring people with convictions. When you add in the cost of keeping prisoners locked up, it all amounts to more than £2.5 billion since 2015, according to…

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