More than £120,000 has been paid to prisoners in Lancashire who were addicted to drugs a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Lancashire Evening Post report:

Six figure compensation payouts to prison inmates who were made to go cold turkey in the county’s jails have been blasted “crazy” and unacceptable.”

A Lancashire Evening Post freedom of information request has found the Government has been forced to pay out almost £125,000 over the past five years at Preston, Lancaster and Leyland’s Wymott and Garth Prisons to prisoners who had drugs withdrawn from then while inside.

It includes whopping £82,000 paid to ex-jailbirds from Preston Prison over the last year alone.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.