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dc.contributor.authorPrice, Traceyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorParkes, Tessaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMalloch, Margareten_UK
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-20T00:04:38Z-
dc.date.available2020-06-20T00:04:38Z-
dc.date.issued2020-06-12en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31309-
dc.description.abstractAmidst growing recognition that people who use drugs are often vulnerable and in need of health-focused support, international conventions and national priorities on personal drug use are changing with emphasis shifting from criminal justice to health narratives. In Scotland, there has been a move toward health-led drug policymaking, and yet little is known about how diversion operates in this context. An exploratory qualitative study was conducted utilizing semi-structured interviews with professionals holding lead, strategic-level roles in Scottish diversion policy and practice (n = 15). Interview transcripts were thematically analyzed using a structured framework technique. Findings show that the term ‘diversion’ is used to refer to criminal justice-initiated drug treatment routes, both pre- and post-conviction. Unlike many international examples, Scottish diversions tend to embed health-focused support within criminal sanctions, rather than acting as alternatives. Participants expressed the view that the term diversion implied a shift from criminal justice sanctions to health-led support that did not occur in reality. We, therefore, argue that the term diversion may function to mute a ‘discursive struggle’ between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs, obscuring a growing gap between aspirational governance principles and institutional and lived realities.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_UK
dc.relationPrice T, Parkes T & Malloch M (2020) 'Discursive struggles' between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs: a qualitative exploration of diversion policy and practice in Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2020.1775180en_UK
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_UK
dc.subjectDiversionen_UK
dc.subjectpublic healthen_UK
dc.subjectdrugsen_UK
dc.subjectcriminalizationen_UK
dc.subjectdevolved policyen_UK
dc.subjectde-criminalizationen_UK
dc.subjectdrug treatmenten_UK
dc.title'Discursive struggles' between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs: a qualitative exploration of diversion policy and practice in Scotlanden_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09687637.2020.1775180en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleDrugs: Education, Prevention, and Policyen_UK
dc.citation.issn1465-3370en_UK
dc.citation.issn0968-7637en_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderEconomic and Social Research Councilen_UK
dc.author.emailtracey.price@stir.ac.uken_UK
dc.citation.date12/06/2020en_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Social Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000543934300001en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-85087006651en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid1637204en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-9746-7269en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-0409-3254en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0003-3655-7874en_UK
dc.date.accepted2020-05-22en_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2020-06-19en_UK
dc.subject.tagAddiction and Recoveryen_UK
dc.subject.tagDevolution and Political Parties in Scotlanden_UK
dc.subject.tagDrugs and Alcohol: British Policy and Legislationen_UK
dc.subject.tagPenal Policyen_UK
dc.subject.tagPolicy Analysisen_UK
dc.subject.tagSocial Policyen_UK
dc.subject.tagSalvation Army Centre for Addiction Services & Researchen_UK
dc.subject.tagDrugs Research Network Scotlanden_UK
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