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Case study - Katrina

Katrina pleaded guilty to shop theft, failing to surrender to custody by not complying with her bail conditions, and two counts of assaulting a police officer at the station. She was sentenced to a community order.

Katrina had a string of convictions with an established pattern of offending including violent behaviour towards those in authority and shoplifting. Most of her offences were committed under the influence of alcohol or to fund her drug addiction.

At the time of the offence, she was using 2-3 bags of heroin per day, as well as smoking crack cocaine whenever possible. Her drug habit accounted for hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds a week.

Gradually, Katrina started to evidence some improvement. She engaged with a homeless unit and after some initial temporary accommodation she was given a two bed council tenancy.

She engaged in treatment with substance misuse workers, stopped her intravenous drug use and began to put in some clean drug tests.

Katrina also engaged with a healthcare worker and was diagnosed as bi-polar. She is accepting help to manage her condition.

Katrina has made sustained and positive changes in her life across a range of issues. She has developed support networks and skills to help over come her problems. She did not reoffend during the period of her order.

She has more confidence and makes constructive use of her time and attends a women’s hub. She is looking into a college course and is also exploring employment options.



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