Alternatives to imprisonment — targeting offending problem drug users in the EU


The alternatives to prison that may be offered to drug-using offenders cover a range of sanctions that may delay, avoid, replace or complement prison sentences for those drug users who have committed an offence normally sanctioned with imprisonment by national law. In this Selected issue, the focus is on those measures that have a drug-related treatment component. It will describe the political and legal background, the application and implementation, including common problems, and the effects of treatment as an alternative to imprisonment.

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Table of contents

  • Policy and legal developments
  • Legal situation — treatment alternatives to prison
  • Organisation and administration
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation and research