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Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014

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2In Chapter 6 of Part 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (sentencing: release, licences and recall), after section 256C insert—

256DDrug testing requirements

(1)“Drug testing requirement”, in relation to an offender subject to supervision under this Chapter, means a requirement that, when instructed to do so by the supervisor, the offender provide a sample mentioned in the instruction for the purpose of ascertaining whether the offender has a specified Class A drug or a specified Class B drug in his or her body.

(2)A drug testing requirement may be imposed on an offender subject to supervision under this Chapter only if—

(a)the Secretary of State is satisfied of the matters in subsection (3), and

(b)the requirement is being imposed for the purpose of determining whether the offender is complying with any other supervision requirement.

(3)Those matters are—

(a)that the misuse by the offender of a specified class A drug or a specified class B drug caused or contributed to an offence of which the offender has been convicted or is likely to cause or contribute to the commission of further offences by the offender, and

(b)that the offender is dependent on, or has a propensity to misuse, a specified class A drug or a specified class B drug.

(4)An instruction given for the purpose of a drug testing requirement must be given in accordance with guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(5)The Secretary of State may make rules regulating the provision of samples in accordance with such an instruction.

(6)In this section, “specified Class A drug” and “specified Class B drug” have the same meaning as in Part 3 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

256EDrug appointment requirements

(1)“Drug appointment requirement”, in relation to an offender subject to supervision under this Chapter, means a requirement that the offender, in accordance with instructions given by the supervisor, attend appointments with a view to addressing the offender’s dependency on, or propensity to misuse, a controlled drug.

(2)A drug appointment requirement may be imposed on an offender subject to supervision under this Chapter only if—

(a)the supervisor has recommended to the Secretary of State that such a requirement be imposed on the offender, and

(b)the Secretary of State is satisfied of the matters in subsection (3).

(3)Those matters are—

(a)that the misuse by the offender of a controlled drug caused or contributed to an offence of which the offender has been convicted or is likely to cause or contribute to the commission of further offences by the offender,

(b)that the offender is dependent on, or has a propensity to misuse, a controlled drug,

(c)that the dependency or propensity requires, and may be susceptible to, treatment, and

(d)that arrangements have been made, or can be made, for the offender to have treatment.

(4)The requirement must specify—

(a)the person with whom the offender is to meet or under whose direction the appointments are to take place, and

(b)where the appointments are to take place.

(5)The person specified under subsection (4)(a) must be a person who has the necessary qualifications or experience.

(6)The only instructions that the supervisor may give for the purposes of the requirement are instructions as to—

(a)the duration of each appointment, and

(b)when each appointment is to take place.

(7)For the purposes of this section, references to a requirement to attend an appointment do not include a requirement to submit to treatment.

(8)In this section, “controlled drug” has the same meaning as in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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