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Dedicated Drug Courts

Posted on 30 January 2011 .
Tags: DDC's, Dedicated Drug Courts, crime and justice, drugs

It was good to see Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly commenting on our research last week: welcoming our evaluation of the pilot "dedicated drug courts".   We're still very new into the life of the coalition government, and the reality of its attitudes to social research and policy evaluation is still emerging.  So it's good to see ministers actively engaging in the outcomes of policy evaluation - particularly when they involve pilot projects kicked off by the last government.   The idea of dedicated drug courts (DDCs) is that drug offenders are more likely to reduce their offending if there is some kind of continuity in the criminal justice system - in this case, continuity of magistrates or district judges.    Our evaluation found that staff and offenders welcomed the system and found it helpful.   But unsurprisingly, it wasn't a panacea:  DDCs were only one component - quality treatment was recognised as a very significant factor.

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