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NCJ Number: 148435 Find in a Library
Title: Miami Drug Court Gives Drug Defendants a Second Chance
Journal: Judicature  Volume:77  Issue:5  Dated:(March-April 1994)  Pages:268-271
Author(s): P Finn; A K Newlyn
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Dade County Diversion and Treatment Program, also known as the Drug Court, channels almost all nonviolent drug offenders into a court-operated rehabilitation program.
Abstract: The program provides a year or more of treatment and case management services along with strict monitoring through periodic urinalysis and court appearances. Defendants who finish the program successfully are cleared of all related charges. While the program is more complex, and perhaps more costly, than incarceration, its potential for crime reduction outweighs these drawbacks. The program has three distinct phases -- detoxification, stabilization, and aftercare. Counselors and the courts exercise a great deal of discretion in designing the program to fit the individual needs of each client. Several sets of data, measuring participation, cost, and recidivism, indicate that the program is achieving many of its objectives. 3 notes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Drug treatment programs; Florida; Judicial diversion
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