Substance use and the criminal justice system: Theme lead: Karen Duke

The Centre’s work on criminal justice examines the ways in which substance use is related to crime, the effects of contact with the police, probation and prison and the development of prevention, treatment and harm reduction in criminal justice settings.  We conduct research and evaluations on interventions for people in contact with the criminal justice system in both custodial and community contexts. One example is the EU funded EPPIC project which examined the substance use and crime trajectories of young people in six European countries and identified transferable innovations and principles of good practice to prevent drug use and the development of polydrug use among young people in contact with the criminal justice system.  We have been undertaking further work on this topic to explore the development of local models of drug diversion for young people in contact with the criminal justice system in the UK.  The key influences on the development of substance use policy and practice in the criminal justice system is an important theme running through our research.  Research and consultancy work also focus on the development of quality standards and benchmarking tools for substance use and health in the criminal justice system.  Publications from the research are listed on the publications page.

Current and recent research

  1. Duke K., Thom B., Annand F. Local models of drug diversion for young people (16-24 years) in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS). Funded: QR internal funds, 2020.
  2. Thom B., Duke K. (Project co-ordinators), Gleeson H., Herring R., Annand F. EPPIC: Exchanging Prevention practices on Polydrug use among youth in Criminal justice systems. Funded: 3rd. EU Health programme (CHAFEA), Jan. 2017- Feb. 2020.
  3. Sondhi A. Developing Benchmarking Approaches for Prison Healthcare. For Centre for Public Innovation. Funded: NHS England, 2020.
  4. Sondhi A. Evaluation of the Drug Intervention Programme for London. For Centre for Public Innovation. Funded: Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, London, 2019.