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STUDY 2015 HTM file
Calling time on ‘alcohol-related’ crime? Examining the impact of court-mandated alcohol treatment on offending using propensity score matching

The first UK evaluation of court-ordered alcohol treatment to feature an adequate comparison group finds no statistically significant reductions in recorded re-offending associated with alcohol treatment requirements imposed as part of a probation sentence.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot

London pilot of enforced sobriety offers useful insights to inform expansion of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement scheme.

STUDY 2014 HTM file
For whom does prison-based drug treatment work? Results from a randomized experiment

For the first time in a prison setting a randomised trial rigorously compared intensive residential therapeutic community treatment to outpatient counselling. Confounding expectations, the US prison for problem drug users which hosted the study gained nothing in terms of preventing recidivism by allocating even high-risk prisoners to the more intensive treatment.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Don’t treat, just test and sanction

One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Gaining influential support is the proposition that for problem substance users over whom leverage can be exerted, we can largely do away with treatment and just test for substance use and punish infringements. Is this really the way forward?

REVIEW 2012 HTM file
Assessing the effectiveness of drug courts on recidivism: a meta-analytic review of traditional and non-traditional drug courts

Synthesising the results of 154 studies, the most thorough and extensive investigation of the crime-reduction credentials of drug courts finds the evidence bulky but lacking quality, yet sufficient to support courts for adult illegal drug users if not (or not yet) teenagers or drink-drivers.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Establishing a ‘Corstonian’ continuous care pathway for drug using female prisoners: Linking drug recovery wings and women’s community services

How do drug recovery wings in women’s prisons compare with best practice in Baroness Corston’s 2007 report to the Home Office?

STUDY 2019 HTM file
Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement: A review of process and performance from Year 2

What difference could ‘court-ordered sobriety’ make to people committing alcohol-related offences? Two-year study in London boroughs gives a sense of what to expect before a national rollout of the programme in 2020.

MATRIX CELL 2021 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell A5: Interventions; Safeguarding the community

Key studies on the impact of alcohol treatment on the community including families, children and crime. Explores the core contradiction between punishment and rehabilitation, asks whether this accounts for the poor record of criminal justice treatment, highlights the most robust test yet of brief alcohol counselling in probation, asks whether it can ever be safe to leave children with severely dependent drinkers, and recounts the alleged deception at the heart of a recommended treatment method.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Summary of findings from two evaluations of Home Office alcohol arrest referral pilot schemes

UK government-funded pilot schemes found no crime reduction benefits from brief alcohol counselling for arrestees under the influence of drink, disappointing hopes that arrest referral would help quell late-night alcohol-related disorder. The schemes did however uncover many dependent drinkers.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 100Kb
Persistent and credible enforcement needed to prevent widespread alcohol sales to under-18s

The first scientific study in Britain of test purchases of alcohol by underage children implies that persistent, credible and well publicised enforcement will be needed; short-term 'crackdowns' risk being followed by an upsurge in illegal sales.


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