Druglink article 1995 – No big deal: court ordered treatment in practice by Maggie Lee and Sarah Mainwaring

Two studies have assessed the practical impact of the provision introduced in 1992 allowing courts to make it a condition of a probation order that drug dependents undergo community based treatment. Courts rarely used this option and it had little impact on the volume or type of work done by drug services. There was evidence that probation services are unnecessarily ‘proposing’ treatment conditions in less serious cases where the offender would not have been imprisoned.

No big deal: court ordered treatment in practice (PDF)