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NCJ Number: NCJ 196508     Find in a Library
Title: Implementing a Drug Court in Queens County: A Process Evaluation
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Author(s): Rachel Porter
Corporate Author: Vera Institute of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2000
Page Count: 31
  Annotation: This document evaluates the Queens Treatment Court (New York).
Abstract: The Queens Treatment Court, established in 1998, provides drug treatment sentences for substance abusers charged with their first nonviolent felony drug offense. Individuals agree to receive treatment for at least a year in exchange for the district attorney’s promise to dismiss the criminal charges against them upon program completion. The court imposes a minimum of a 1 year jail sentence if the individual fails in treatment. The judge, assistance district attorney, and defense attorney decide together which defendants are appropriate for the treatment court based on the individual’s current charge and criminal history. Treatment specialists screen defendants that agree to treatment and are found eligible for treatment court. Officials work together to monitor the people in treatment by punishing their misbehavior and rewarding their progress. The court recognizes that relapse is part of recovery, and works closely with treatment providers to respond quickly when drug use occurs. Findings of the program evaluation show that the court has successfully implemented a non-adversarial, team approach to screen, assess, and monitor people in the court. The majority of people the court serves are African-American and Latino men in their late twenties. A third of participants report that powder or crack cocaine is their drug of choice; 47 percent say they use mainly marijuana. About 65 percent of participants plead to C-level felony offenses. The treatment court judge routinely provides participants with the authority and support they need. The court successfully uses an extensive network of local programs to provide a range of drug treatment, including outpatient and residential services. The treatment programs regularly test participants for drug use and test participants before every court appearance. The treatment court enrolled 307 people during 2 years of planning and 18 months of operation. It retained the majority of participants, failing less than 15 percent. 7 tables, 14 footnotes, 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Drug treatment programs ; Drug Courts
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation ; Diversion programs ; Programs ; Drug treatment ; Alternative court procedures ; Court social services ; Expedited drug case management
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Progams
Drug Court Programs Office
United States of America
Sale Source: Vera Institute of Justice
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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