Treatment versus Punishment for Drug Addiction, 1st ed. 2015 Lessons from Austria, Poland, and Spain SpringerBriefs in Criminology Series
Coordonnateurs : Soyer Richard, Schumann Stefan
This brief summarizes the results of a two-year, international research project covering drug addiction treatment versus punishment in Austria, Poland, and Spain. It features:
-An analysis of the national drug-related legislation and its application in these countries
- An evaluation of drug laws and policies by both the law enforcement and drug treatment practitioners
-An evaluation of drug-addicted offenders undergoing drug treatment versus punishment and their outcomes
The basic findings of the project can be summarized as follows: drug addiction and drug-related criminal behavior should be treated as a psychiatric disorder and a chronic disease. The study supports the application of a treatment-oriented approach to drug-related delinquency. As this brief demonstrates, one challenge to an adequate treatment of drug addicted offenders is a lack of cooperation between the judicial and the medical sector, and an inconsistent application of policies. By comparing the legislation and application of drug laws in these three European countries, the authors provide insights with implications for other national legal systems.
This brief will be of interest to researchers and policy-makers working with drug involved individuals, from criminology and criminal justice, public health, public policy and international comparative law.
Introduction Stefan Schumann and Birgit Köchl.- Part I: On drug laws and medical treatment of drug-addicted offenders.- Chapter 1: Austria Stefan Schumann and Birgit Köchl.- Chapter 2: Poland Krzysztof Krajewski and Grzegorz Wodowski.- Chapter 3: Spain Marta Torrens and Victor Javier Costela Ruiz.- Part II: Drug laws and its application in practice. Experiences and attitudes of professionals from public prosecutors/judges and treatment providers.- Chapter 4: Treatment and punishment of drug-addicted offenders: Insights from a quantitative empirical survey Christoph Weber, Stefan Schumann and Richard Soyer.- Chapter 5: Attitudes towards drug laws in qualitative interviews Birgit Köchl, Edyta Drzazga and Paola Rossi.- Part III: Summary, conclusions and recommendations for drug policy and the application of drug laws.- Chapter 6: Summary, conclusions and recommendations for drug policy and the application of drug laws Stefan Schumann and Richard Soyer.
Richard Soyer is Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Linz, Department for Criminal Justice, Austria, and Senior partner at the law firm Soyer & Partner, in Vienna, which is the leading Austrian law firm specializing in criminal law. Since 2012, he has been Chairman of the Commission for Criminal Law of the Austrian Bar Association, and he is spokesperson of the Austrian Criminal Bar Association. He forms part of the experts' advisory board on drug laws and substitution treatment founded by the Austrian Ministry of Health in 2013.
Stefan Schumann is a Postdoc-researcher at the University of Linz, Department for Criminal Justice, Austria. Before joining the University of Linz in 2012, he was a researcher and lecturer in criminal law, criminal procedure law and European law at Austrian and German Universities. He also worked at the German Foreign Office, and passed the German Bar exam.
Transnational, interdisciplinary comparison of drug laws and treatment for drug-addicted offenders
Explores decisive factors for judges and prosecutors to select treatment instead of punishment options
Examines challenges of cooperation between law enforcement and public health for drug treatment, and presents possible solutions
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