A comparative review of best practice guidelines for the diversion of drug related offenders

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Title A comparative review of best practice guidelines for the diversion of drug related offenders
Author Bull, Melissa
Journal Name International Journal of Drug Policy
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elservier BV
Abstract In recent decades rates of imprisonment have increased throughout the industrialized world as has the proportion of people whose imprisonment is linked to their use of illicit drugs. While the relationship between drug use and crime remains unclear, it has been argued that approaches to drug using offenders has renewed interest in programs diverting drug related offenders from the criminal justice system. In the 1990s a number of diversion best practice guidelines became available, largely preceding the emerging evaluation literature. This represents a challenge for policy makers committed to evidence-based standards of best practice this paper is a comparative analysis of best practice and the relationship between these themes and the available evaluation literature were identified. The results of this qualitative meta-analysis suggest that sufficient evidence exists to support the principles outlined in these guidelines.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 16
Page from 223
Page to 234
ISSN 0955-3959
Date Accessioned 2006-03-17
Date Available 2007-03-19T21:56:04Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Cross discipline
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4131
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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