Criminal Justice

Work within the criminal justice system

The relationship between drug misuse and crime is complex. Even so, all the evidence indicates that opiate and crack cocaine users are responsible for a large percentage of acquisitive crime, such as shoplifting and burglary.

As a direct consequence of the crime they commit, these problematic drug users are highly likely to end up in the criminal justice system at some point. Some will serve community sentences, others will be sent to prison. In either case, the criminal justice system now compels them to confront their drug problems.
Drug treatment for offenders in the community has improved enormously over the past decade, in terms of availability and quality. This includes access to a full range of clinical and non-clinical treatment options, which are tailored to individual need and are effective, evidence positive outcomes for offenders and demonstrate good value for money

The DAAT is the commissioning lead for the provision of specific substance misuse treatment services for adult offenders in Cambridgeshire. DAAT works in close partnership with key Criminal Justice agencies including Police (Integrated Offender Management), Probation, Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) and Prisons.

Criminal justice substance misuse services are delivered alongside mainstream adult drug & alcohol services by Inclusion.

Criminal justice pathways have been developed to get individuals quickly into treatment, discuss their expectations and what recovery means to them and work towards achieving their individual goal towards drug recovery and a life beyond crime. Inclusion recovery workers may engage clients in custody suites, courts, prison and following release from prison as part of a proactive approach to reduce reoffending and minimise risk of harm to the public.

Please call Inclusion Drug Treatment Service on 0300 555 0101 for more information.

Integrated Offender Management (IOM)

IOM is a partnership approach to managing offenders with a view to reducing their likelihood of re-offending and therefore reducing crime. In each location an agreed targeted cohort of offenders are managed jointly by named police staff and ‘case management’ staff using enforcement and rehabilitative techniques.

Cambridgeshire DAAT is a part of the county IOM scheme and is responsible for supporting the delivery of drug & alcohol treatment services to offenders within the cohort.