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NCJ Number: 157002 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Courts: Diversion That Works
Journal: Judges' Journal  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1995)  Pages:10-14,46- 47
Author(s): M L Prendergast; T H Maugh II
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes three of the earliest drug courts, their operations, their effectiveness, and the criminal justice cost-savings they have provided.
Abstract: In contrast to earlier diversion programs, the drug courts divert arrestees into drug treatment programs immediately and maintain a high degree of oversight. Thirty jurisdictions have established these courts; up to 100 more jurisdictions are in various stages of setting one up. The three model drug courts are in Miami, Fla., Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif. They differ in a number of ways, partly because of different program philosophies and partly because of local circumstances. However, all three include policies and procedures that ensure immediate diversion and intensive supervision. The programs have all demonstrated the effectiveness of an approach that reduces prison or jail overcrowding while restoring drug abusers to productive lifestyles. They provide what one judge has called smart punishment, based on an acknowledgment of the realities of drug abuse. 9 references
Main Term(s): Alternative court procedures
Index Term(s): California; Diversion programs; Drug law offenses; Drug treatment; Florida; Involuntary treatment; Oregon
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