Tough Choices: Risk, Security and the Criminalization of Drug Policy

Hardcover | June 12, 2012

byToby Seddon, Lisa Williams, Robert Ralphs

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In recent years, British drug policy has undergone a transformation: tackling 'drug-driven' crime through criminal justice interventions has arguably become the central priority and focus. The 'criminal justice turn', as the authors refer to current UK drugs policy, is based on three simpleand linked assumptions: drug-driven property crime is a major driver of local area crime rates, especially in deprived neighbourhoods; the criminal justice system can be used to target these drug-motivated offenders and direct them into treatment; and treatment can lead to significant reductions intheir offending. Tough Choices: Risk, Security and the Criminalization of Drug Policy explores a series of questions about the 'criminal justice' turn in British drugs policy, from why it happened at all to what led policy to unfold in the way that it did, by analyzing policy documents and over 200 interviewsconducted with key players in the policy development and implementation process. At the practice level, the authors explore how the strategic vision of the drug-crime 'problem' has shaped the ways in which drug-using offenders are identified, targeted and managed - in other words, why theimplementation of the Drug Interventions Programme on the ground has taken the forms that it has. This is addressed through a detailed examination of practice in three local areas. Both the emergence of this new policy direction and its implementation in practice can best be understood as part of awider transformation in governance in which risk-based thinking has become central to the ways in which we seek to address our contemporary insecurities. The book is based on a 30-month ESRC-funded research project on the Drug Interventions Programme and draws on the extensive empirical data generated during the project.

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In recent years, British drug policy has undergone a transformation: tackling 'drug-driven' crime through criminal justice interventions has arguably become the central priority and focus. The 'criminal justice turn', as the authors refer to current UK drugs policy, is based on three simpleand linked assumptions: drug-driven property c...

Toby Seddon is a Professor in the School of Law at the University of Manchester and a co-founder of the research group ManReg (The Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Security). He has been involved in drugs research for nearly 20 years and has a particular interest in developing new regulatory perspectives on drug policy....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice2. Risk, Security and the Criminal Justice Turn3. The Politics of Drug Policy-Making4. Police Custody: A Risk Filtering Machine5. Criminal Courts: A Risk Management System6. Drugs Work / Knowledge Work7. The Impact of the Criminal Justice Turn8. Conclusions: Reimagining Risk and Security