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drug related offenders is far more effective than sending them to prison
according to new research conducted jointly by the NSW Bureau of Crime
Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) and the National Drug and Alcohol Research
Centre (NDARC), UNSW Sydney.
researchers compared re-offending rates among Drug Court participants with offenders
who had been deemed eligible for the Drug Court but not placed on it. Offenders
were followed up over an average period of 13.5 years.
Court participants were found to have a 17 per cent lower reoffending rate than
those not placed in the program. Participants in the Drug Court program also took
22 per cent longer to commit an offence against the person.
on the findings, Professor Don Weatherburn, who led the study, said they were
remarkable given the profile of those dealt with by the NSW Drug Court and the
length of time that had passed since treatment.
is important to remember that the Drug Court is not dealing with people who
have simply dipped their toe on the water of crime. A substantial proportion
have committed serious offences and have long criminal records,” said Professor
1 in 20 of the treatment group had accumulated 15 or more convictions. Our
findings therefore show that participation in the Drug Court program can have
lasting positive effects on the lives of recidivist offenders and are a credit
to all those involved in the Drug Court program.”
NDARC - Jacob Webb: P: 0401 713 850 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BOCSAR - Ms Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BOCSAR. P:
0423139687 | Jackie.email@example.com
For reference: When reporting on
drug and alcohol issues, we encourage the consultation of the Mindframe
guidelines on ‘Communicating
about alcohol and other drugs’, the ‘Language
guide published by the NSW Users and AIDS Association, and
the guidelines on “Communicating
People can access free and confidential advice
about alcohol and other drugs by calling the National Alcohol and Other Drug
Hotline - 1800 250 015.