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Alternative sanctions for drug users: fruitless efforts or miracle solution?

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Wree, Eveline de; Pauwels, Lieven; Colman, Charlotte; Ruyver, Brice de

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Abstract In most Western European countries, including Belgium, judicial alternative sanctions are increasingly being used for drug users. Because no study into the effectiveness of Belgian judicial alternatives for drug users has yet been carried out, this became the objective of the current research. The design of this study comprises a pre and post measurement of the criminal activity, drug use and situation in different spheres of life of 565 drug-dependent offenders. Two conclusions can be drawn. First, after an alternative sanction or measure is imposed, there is a reduction in the criminal activity of the offender. Second, this crime reduction goes hand in hand with a progress in several relevant life spheres.
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law; Social Problems
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 513-525
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 52 (2009) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-009-9206-0
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)