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NCJ Number: 151463 Find in a Library
Title: Low-Level Drug Offenders: Lessons From the Drug Courts
Author(s): W J Dickey
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Campaign for an Effective Crime Policy
Washington, DC 20004
Sale Source: Campaign for an Effective Crime Policy
918 F Street, NW
Suite 505
Washington, DC 20004
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document is intended to advance discussion and debate about sentencing policies.
Abstract: In response to the growing numbers of drug offenses, many jurisdictions throughout the criminal justice system have created drug courts. These courts are based on one of two philosophies: the efficiency model, with a goal of swift case processing, and the aggressive treatment intervention model, which focuses on providing treatment as an alternative to prison. Efficiency drug courts appear to have successfully speeded up case disposition time, but have also had a net-widening effect on prosecuting cases that previously would not have been brought to court or would have been dismissed. Many offenders in these courts are sentenced to probation without treatment, and recidivism rates are very high. The treatment oriented courts are characterized by outpatient drug treatment under the close supervision of the court. Although the model is relatively new, initial results are promising. The author's findings and conclusions about those courts are detailed in the document. Executive summary, endnotes, appendix
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances
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