A study that was led by Plymouth University has shown that offenders who are enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or re-convicted 12 months on.
The study focused on men who had alcohol problems which had played a part in their conviction. Each was assigned a different type of treatment and the researchers then calculated re-conviction rates over the following year in order to establish who was more or less likely to reoffend.
564 offenders were studied in total and split into three different alcohol treatment programmes. There was a Low Intensity Alcohol Programme (LIAP), an Alcohol Specified Activity Requirement (ASAR) and Addressing Substance-Related Offending (ASRO) group. A fourth set of offenders served as a control group.
The Low Intensity Alcohol Programme was found to be the most successful and cost-effective of all the interventions. Those who did not participate in any of the programmes were found to be 2 and a half times more likely to be re-convinced once released.
Aside from the obvious benefit of reducing the chances of people reoffending, the study’s authors noted that these programmes can also have huge cost benefits. For example, the bill for placing one person in prison is 37 times higher than assigning that person to a community-based alcohol treatment programme. Given the hundreds, if not thousands of offenders who might be eligible to attend an alcohol treatment programme each year, this could amount to substantial public savings.
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