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Reducing the harmful effects of alcohol misuse: the ethics of sobriety testing in criminal justice


Alcohol use and abuse play a major role in both crime and negative health outcomes in Scotland. This paper provides a description and ethical and legal analyses of a novel remote alcohol monitoring scheme for offenders which seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm to both the criminal and the public. It emerges that the prospective benefits of this scheme to health and public order vastly outweigh any potential harms.

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  • philosophy of education
  • applied ethics
  • moral philosophy
  • political philosophy
  • prisoners
  • medical ethics
  • artificial insemination and surrogacy
  • cryobanking of sperm
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