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Riordan, Dave (2000) Diversion to treatment: a study of drug-related cases in the Dublin metropolitan district court. MSc thesis, Trinity College Dublin.

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This study examines the practice and policy of the District Court when dealing with drug related offenders in light of the claim that there already exists the nucleus of a Drug Court in Dublin. The constituent elements of the criminal justice system which impact upon drug issues were explored to contextualize the research question. The literature reviewed examined the emergence of Drug Treatment Courts in the United States with particular emphasis on crime causation and drug related behaviour, Drug Treatment Court interventions and Drug Treatment Court evaluations.
The study focuses on the process of diverting drug related offenders to treatment. A qualitative research approach was used employing a focus group of judges and a case study. Additionally, a number of cases where diversion to treatment by the court was indicated, were examined. The methods used enabled analysis of cognitions and expectations of the Focus Group participants.

The findings reveal that the key actors, the Judiciary, the Probation and Welfare Service and Treatment Agencies do not subscribe to common aims and objectives. The exigencies of competeing paradigms of control and care create difficulties and inhibit the emergence of shared objectives and modalities. Current practice reflects traditional sentencing values and procedures. The establishment of a Drug Treatment Court in Ireland requires radical structural and attitudinal changes involving realignment of procedures and perspectives of the sectoral actors.


Item Type:Thesis (MSc)
Date:2000
Call No:MM2.2, VH4.2 Dublin
Pages:ii, 7
Keywords:AODR crime, case study, court system, crime, District Court, drug court, Dublin, Ireland
Notes:This M.Sc. Drug and Alcohol Policy thesis held in Trinity Library, Stacks, Thesis number 5927. Includes bibliographical references.
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Accession Number:HRB 1055 (Available)
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Court system
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty

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