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NCJ Number: 161447 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Control and the Courts
Author(s): J A Inciardi; D C McBride; J E Rivers
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 139
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-5477-8
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this monograph, the authors examine the history, development, and current status of programs of drug control linked to the American courthouse.
Abstract: At a time when drug use is declining for students and those living in stable residential situations, street criminals have dramatically increased their drug use, and most of this increase involves cocaine, a drug clearly associated with violent aggressive behavior. These trends have created interest in new treatment initiatives for drug-abusing criminal offenders, especially because they have occurred simultaneously with three other factors bolstering interest in the wider use of drug abuse treatment: (1) Prison populations started to grow dramatically at the beginning of the 1980s; (2) The spread of HIV and AIDS among drug users, particularly crack and injection drug users, is a large and growing problem; and (3) The one helpful development is that research has convincingly documented the success of compulsory and coerced treatment for drug-involved offenders. Topics discussed in this work include: (1) Drugs-Crime Linkages; (2) Legal Coercion and Drug Treatment; (3) Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime; and (4) Drug Courts and Drug Treatment. Notes, appendixes, references, cases, index, biographical notes about the authors
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Courts; Crack; Drug abuse; Drug regulation; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Violence
Note: Drugs, Health, and Social Policy Series, Volume Three
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