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Early diversion and empowerment policing : evaluating an adult female offender triage project

Brennan, Iain R.; Green, Simon; Sturgeon-Adams, Louise


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Professor Simon Green
Professor of Criminology & Victimology / Senior Researcher in Modern Slavery, Wilberforce Institute

Louise Sturgeon-Adams


This paper provides an evaluation of a police pilot early-diversion scheme for adult females who were arrested for low-severity offences using a natural experiment design. The intervention is novel in that it diverts arrestees to a women’s centre for assistance to address their criminogenic needs rather than process them through the criminal justice system. The intervention is timely and attractive given its rehabilitative features and its potential for reducing demand on the criminal justice system through community resolution. The study found a promising effect of the intervention on rates of rearrest and daily risk of rearrest over a twelve month follow-up period, but a higher frequency of rearrest among those of the intervention group who were rearrested. The findings are discussed in relation to the political context, theoretical background and police performance and the gendered dynamics of offending.


Brennan, I. R., Green, S., & Sturgeon-Adams, L. (2018). Early diversion and empowerment policing : evaluating an adult female offender triage project. Policing and Society, 28(5), 570-586.

Acceptance Date May 5, 2016
Online Publication Date May 23, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Deposit Date May 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2017
Journal Policing & society
Print ISSN 1043-9463
Electronic ISSN 1477-2728
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 570-586
Keywords Early-diversion; Empowerment; Women; Police; Rearrest; Together Women Project (TWP); Adult Female Triage Project
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Policing & society on 23/05/2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/10439463.2016.1187607


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