Australian police diversion for cannabis offences: Assessing program outcomes and cost effectiveness
NDARC: Dr Marian Shanahan, Dr Caitlin Hughes, Matthew O’Reilly
Dr Tim McSweeney, Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London
Police diversion is one of Australia’s most utilised interventions for drug offenders, yet there remains key gaps in knowledge about the outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of such approaches. For example, few studies have successfully obtained a control group of offenders who have not been diverted or have looked at program impacts beyond recidivism.
Using a purpose built national online survey, this study will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of three different forms of police diversion for cannabis use/possession offences, namely cautions, expiation and warnings, versus a traditional criminal justice response.
Those who have been detected by police for a cannabis use or possession offence in the last three-nine months can take part in the online survey at: http://www.cannabisdiversionsurvey.com.au/
For more about this project: Go to NDARC's website.