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STUDY 2008 HTM file
Testing on arrest scatter gun nets some extra treatment entrants
Starting in April 2006, drug testing on arrest and mandatory assessment for heroin or cocaine users netted more drug users but at the cost of net-widening to low-level offenders and perhaps just 1% of all those tested stayed in treatment for 12 weeks.
In 2007 a report evaluated new criminal justice initiatives for under-18s in England: drug testing, arrest referral, and treatment and testing orders. Only voluntary referral which in practice did not focus on drugs was recommended for wider roll out.
STUDY 2001 PDF file 112Kb
Treatment and testing orders should make a substantial dent in drug-related social costs
DTTOs were the UK's first borrowing from US drug courts with judges in the driving seat of treatment in sentences intended to avoid prison for drug-driven offenders. This evaluation reveals plusses but also minuses in the form of widespread breaches.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 147Kb
Throughcare fails to build on prison treatment
A UK Home Office report reveals that proactive organisation of post-release treatment following treatment in prison is the exception. Reductions in drug use and crime would probably be greater if the barriers to arranging throughcare could be overcome.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 220Kb
Community action cuts drink-driving deaths
A major US multi-site trial provides convincing evidence that comprehensive community action featuring more intensive enforcement can more than pay for itself by reducing drink-drive crashes and injuries.
STUDY 2000 PDF file 109Kb
Treatment with drug testing promises to cut national burden of drug-related crime
A dramatic fall in offending among offenders retained at pilot drug treatment and testing order schemes supported the decision to implement these orders across England despite widespread failure to complete and inter-professional conflicts.
REVIEW 1999 PDF file 592Kb
The UK increasingly relies on court-ordered treatment to reduce drug-related crime, but can this really do the trick? Distinguished British expert Philip Bean assesses the evidence.
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