Published: 11th Feb 2015

Prison isn’t working and in the US they are being shut down. Here in the UK a range of approaches are being trialled but they may not be tackling the core issue, says Ela Hunter John* didn’t set out to be a drug dealer: stashing drugs was just a favour for a mate; getting paid was a mate’s way of saying thank you. The favours and the thank yous got bigger. John’s mates were making a small fortune. He started buying small amounts and selling at a profit – easy money. A few years later he decided to go it alone. By the time he was 21 he was a successful entrepreneur who just happened to be trading Class As. Ask what made him start pushing drugs and he’ll tell you about getting kicked out of college and working for £200 a week in a dog-end retail park, with friends … (To read the full article, subscribe below)