The Effectiveness of Interventions for Drug-Using Offenders in the Courts, Secure Establishments and the Community: A Systematic Review

Perry, Amanda E. and Darwin, Zoe and Godfrey, Christine and McDougall, Cynthia and Lunn, Judith and Glanville, Julie and Coulton, Simon (2009) The Effectiveness of Interventions for Drug-Using Offenders in the Courts, Secure Establishments and the Community: A Systematic Review. Substance Use & Misuse, 44 (3). pp. 374-400. ISSN 1082-6084. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Interventions for drug-using offenders are employed internationally to reduce subsequent drug use and criminal behavior. This paper provides information from a systematic review of 24 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted between 1980 and 2004. Thirteen of the 24 trials were included in a series of meta-analyses, and tentative conclusions are drawn on the basis of the evidence. Pretrial release with drugs testing and intensive supervision were shown to have limited success when compared to routine parole and probation, with effect sizes favoring routine parole and probation. Therapeutic community interventions showed promising results when compared to dispensation of treatment to individuals as usual, reducing risk of future offending behavior. A few studies evaluated the effectiveness of assertive case management and other community-based programs, but due to the paucity of information few inferences could be drawn from these studies. Little is known about the cost and cost effectiveness of such interventions, and the development of established protocols is required.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: drug using; offenders; criminal activity; systematic review
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5800 Drug use and miuse
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 11:58
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 15:26
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/16999 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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