In Summer 2017 the ADASS Care & Justice Network undertook a survey of all local authorities with prisons in their area to gain a picture of activity levels in 2016-17 so that an analysis could be undertaken of how things had changed from 2015-16, the first year of operation of Care Act provisions requiring local authorities to treat people in prison with an equivalence to those in the wider community.

The survey also sought local authorities' views and experiences on a number of other issues relating to their working relationships with their prisons and the financial impact of providing these services.

The report does not name any individual local authority or prison and is presented as a high level summary of the findings giving a broad overview of the state of play at that time.