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Twisting arms or a helping hand? Assessing the impact of ‘coerced’ and comparable ‘voluntary’ drug treatment options

By Tim McSweeney, Alex Stevens, Neil Hunt and Paul J. Turnbull

Abstract

Despite the rapid expansion of options to coerce drug-dependent offenders into\ud treatment - culminating recently in the provisions of the Drugs Act 2005 and the\ud government’s ‘Tough Choices’ agenda - research findings to date are equivocal about\ud their impact in reducing crime. This paper presents UK findings from a pan-European\ud study on this issue. The results – at both national and international levels - reveal that\ud court-mandated clients reported significant and sustained reductions in illicit drug use\ud and offending behaviours, and improvements in other areas of social functioning.\ud Those entering the same treatment services through non-criminal justice routes also\ud reported similar reductions and improvements. The implications of these findings are\ud discussed in the context of recent policy developments

Topics: HN, HV, HV5800
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:29876

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