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An Evaluation of DIP's impact on offending in Merseyside

Cuddy, K, Collins, P and McVeigh, J (2013) An Evaluation of DIP's impact on offending in Merseyside. Project Report. Centre for Public Health, Liverpool.

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This report aimed to provide the Merseyside teams with an assessment of offending outcomes for clients who tested positive between May and July 2011 as part of the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) and also investigate what critical factors relating to client attributes may have influenced this offending. Findings illustrated in the first instance that across Merseyside, contact with the DIP process as a whole has an extremely positive impact on offending. The client group we examined saw a reduction of 33% in their volume of offending in the 12 months post contact with DIP compared to the 12 months pre. The findings also suggest however that these levels of reduction are not dependent on the level of DIP involvement with the highest reductions seen among those clients who had no further DIP contact following their initial arrest and positive drug test. Nevertheless the data does show the benefits of clients receiving a care plan as a result of their DIP contact, with these clients significantly less likely either re-present to DIP or go to prison in the future than those who were not care planned. Furthermore, clients who had meaningful contact with DIP teams post positive test (i.e. undergoing assessments with DIP workers) were significantly less likely to offend in the future than those without DIP contact. Overall, the report shows that the DIP process and contact with both Merseyside Police and DIP teams contributes substantially to reducing offending and demonstrates the worth of both Test on Arrest and DIP to the overall criminal justice system. Findings were not the same in all areas and teams should consult the discussion chapter in this report for outcomes for their specific area and recommendations where applicable. It should be noted that this piece of work is focused on one of the primary aims of DIP; to reduce offending. It is not the intention of the report to make any suggestion about the impact of DIP intervention on the health or drug use of clients.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug Interventions Programme; Offending
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Centre for Public Health
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 16:57
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5677
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