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Drug testing and court review hearings: uses and limitations

McSweeney, Tim, Stevens, Alex, Hunt, Neil, Turnbull, Paul J. (2008) Drug testing and court review hearings: uses and limitations. Probation Journal, 55 (1). pp. 39-54. ISSN 0264-5505. (doi:10.1177/0264550507085678) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)


The ability of the UK criminal justice system to divert drug-dependent offenders into treatment has been enhanced during recent years. Despite the rapid expansion of such coercive measures, research findings to date are equivocal about their impact. This article draws on qualitative data from in-depth interviews with professionals and those mandated to treatment by the courts to assess the uses and limitations of two defining features of court-ordered drug treatment in Britain and elsewhere – drug testing and court review hearings – as a means of promoting and monitoring compliance with the conditions of these disposals.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0264550507085678
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > European Institute for Social Services (RAE)
Depositing User: Alex Stevens
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 14:14 UTC
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 13:50 UTC
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