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NCJ Number: 210139 
Title: Dealing with Substance-Misusing Offenders in the Community (From Alternative to Prison: Options for an Insecure Society, P 248-267, 2004, Anthony Bottoms, Sue Rex, et al. eds. -- See NCJ-210129)
Author(s): Judith Rumgay
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter explores the links between substance misuse and crime, patterns of substance misuse and recovery, and treatment effectiveness, particularly the development of community-based programs for offenders.
Abstract: When inquiring into alternatives to imprisonment, specific attention should be paid to the issue of substance misuse. The reasons for this is the known prevalence of alcohol and drug misuse among offenders in the United Kingdom; the fact that the criminal justice system is one of the primary routes of entry into treatment for substance misuse problems; and the idea that the complexity of the social and environmental contexts of offenders facilitates involvement in crime and drug use. This chapter attempts to draw out theoretical issues and policy implications which are of continuing importance in planning community-based interventions for substance misuse and to examine them within the framework of contemporary policy and practice. It examines the relationship between substance misuse and crime; how individual trajectories of initiation, continuation and desistance from alcohol or drug use develop; theories of substance misuse and addiction; and substance misuse treatment effectiveness. Information in this chapter identifies certain crucial issues that need to be considered when developing treatment provisions for substance-misusing offenders. These issues are presented and discussed. References
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness; Treatment offender matching; Treatment/Therapeutic Community; United Kingdom (UK)
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