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  NCJ Number: NCJ 211081     Find in a Library
  Title: Drug Courts: The Second Decade
  Document URL: PDF 
  Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 06/2006
  Page Count: 38
  Annotation: This report presents findings from recent studies concerning “what works” in drug courts.
  Abstract: The findings presented include research indicating that drug courts can effectively reduce recidivism and may produce other positive outcomes, yet the specific court processes that impact specific outcomes are still unknown. It is suggested that the effectiveness of a particular drug court may depend on how consistently court resources match the needs of offenders. Suggestions are made that include basing drug treatment services on formal theories of drug dependence and abuse, using the best therapeutic tools, and providing opportunities for participants to build cognitive skills. It is also suggested that ancillary services be in place to meet any co-occurring mental and physical health needs as well as other needs such as housing. Less is known about the treatment of juvenile offenders with substance abuse problems. Adult offenders have reported that one of the most important influences on their experiences with drug court programs has been the interactions with the judge. Evidence suggests that offenders who interact with a single drug court judge, rather than multiple judges, are more likely to comply with program demands. Research indicates that the allocation of resources to a drug court should be based on demonstrated benefit and that drug courts should estimate their costs using figures such as the average cost of incarceration. The studies included in this report were limited by a lack of accessible data on many aspects of drug court operations. Major areas under examination were drug court populations, participant characteristics, program outcomes, the judge’s role in the drug court setting, drug court interventions for juveniles, and cost-benefit analyses of drug courts. Notes, tables, exhibits
  Main Term(s): Drug Courts
  Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Cost/Benefit Analysis ; Research and development
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: NIJ Special Report
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