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Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot (MOPAC Evidence and Insight Unit evaluation report)

Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot (MOPAC Evidence and Insight Unit evaluation report)

Pepper, Melissa ORCID: 0000-0002-7211-2349 and Dawson, Paul (2016) Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot (MOPAC Evidence and Insight Unit evaluation report). Project Report. Drug and Alcohol Findings, London, UK.

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Abstract

As part of his 2012 manifesto pledge to introduce ‘compulsory sobriety for drunken offenders’, the Mayor of London successfully lobbied for legislation to allow for the introduction of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR). The new sentencing power, introduced as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 allows courts to impose a requirement that an offender abstain from alcohol for a fixed time period of up to 120 days and be regularly tested, via a transdermal alcohol monitoring device in the form of a ‘tag’ fitted around the ankle, as part of a Community or Suspended Sentence Order. From July 2014, the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) conducted a 12 month proof of concept pilot in four boroughs (Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Sutton) which comprise the South London Local Justice Area. The aims of the pilot were:
 To test how widely courts use the AAMR, and the technical processes within the criminal justice system.
 To evidence compliance rates with the AAMR.
 To evidence the effectiveness of ‘transdermal tags’ in monitoring alcohol abstinence.
Utilising a range of methods including stakeholder and offender surveys, interviews with stakeholders and MOPAC officers, and analysis of performance monitoring data, this process review sets out learning from the 12 month (31 July 2014 – 30 July 2015) AAMR proof of concept pilot and helps to build the evidence base to inform discussions around further roll out of the AAMR across London and beyond.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement; alcohol related crime; community sentences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 11:08
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30434

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