Problem: Drug problems and crime frequently co-occur. Their relationships are central issues for recidivism and harm-reduction strategies. To understand these relationships, researchers need specialist knowledge of both phenomena, as well as sensitivity to the unique needs of users and justice agencies.
Solution: Review NDARC’s involvement in criminal justice research and establish an open, informal network to facilitate exchange of this accumulated knowledge.
Outcome: NDARC’s output reflects enduring and increasing attention to this complex area. The network brings together 20 staff with more than 150 years’ total experience in health and criminal justice research, and provides a means of improving linkages to practice, research and evaluation.