Drug Interventions in Criminal Justice

Drug Interventions in Criminal Justice

eBook - 2010
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Annotation During the past decade, the government has increasing sought to reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour through tackling problem drug use among offenders. Despite debates about the precise nature of the relationship between drug use and offending, a multiplicity of interventions have been introduced in an attempt to break the apparent link between problem drug use and crime, particularly acquisitive crime. These interventions have proliferated over time but have now been combined under the umbrella of the Drug Interventions Programme which aims to channel and, many would argue, coerce drug-using offenders into treatment. This edited collection brings together contributions from academics who were actively involved in researching and evaluating the new initiatives. Each chapter covers a particular stage of the criminal justice process, providing a critical discussion of the relevant theory, policy and research relating to provision of drug treatment through the criminal justice process, as well as presenting a thorough review and analysis of the operation, impact and effectiveness of different interventions. These chapters are complemented by an introduction and conclusion which contextualise and reflect upon the debates central to this key policy area. A number of cross-cutting themes are explored including diversity issues; the effectiveness and ethics of coerced treatment; issues raised by partnership and multi-agency working between criminal justice and drug agencies; the range and appropriateness of available drug treatment; and the strength of the link between drug use and crime. The book is essential reading for criminology/criminal justice and social policy students; for students studying health related degrees; for researchers in criminal justice and the drugs field; criminal justice, drug treatment and health professionals; the media and members of the public who are interested in drug use and crime. Contributors:Stuart Lister, George Mair, Gill McIvor, Matthew Millings, Ian Paylor, Layla Skinns, Alex Stevens, Paul Turnbull, Alison Wilson.
Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education, ©2010
ISBN: 9780335239726
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 236 pages) : illustrations
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Additional Contributors: Hucklesby, Anthea
Wincup, Emma


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