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What to do with female drug-using offenders?: Commentary on… Chrane Corner

  • Keith J. B. Rix
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Female drug-using offenders are a large but under-researched and vulnerable population with specific needs. Only a handful of randomised controlled trials of interventions for this population are of sufficient quality to shed light on what might work to reduce their criminal activity and drug use, and interpretation of the results of most of these trials is limited by an ‘unclear’ risk of bias due to a lack of descriptive information. Better-quality research is needed to inform practitioners and policy makers. In the meantime, this month's Cochrane Corner review provides cautious support for the use of some psychosocial treatments, particularly if delivered in a gender-responsive way addressing issues of abuse and victimisation, in the expectation that re-imprisonment can be prevented, even if there is no proven effect on re-arrest rates and only uncertain effects on substance use.

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Professor Keith J. B. Rix, The Fermoy Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gayton Road, King's Lynn PE30 4ET, UK. Email: keith.rix@nsft.nhs.uk
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What to do with female drug-using offenders?: Commentary on… Chrane Corner

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