Police discretion with high risk substance using youth

Funding bodies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Background: The purpose of this research is to learn more about circumstances of interactions between the police and substance using youth and how these experiences affect their lives in regard to two major issues: (1) street checks, the practice of stopping, questioning and documenting (i.e. carding) individuals when no particular offense is being investigated, and (2) police discretion on whether to charge individuals caught for possession of drugs. The study group is youth aged 16 to 30 who used illicit drugs at least once per week in the prior 6 months. Interviews will be conducted with 450 youth from three BC communities: Victoria, Chilliwack and Prince George.

Progress to date:  Data collection has been completed. The team is currently preparing papers from the study. Two conference presentations are completed and one is accepted