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NCJ Number: 165478 Find in a Library
Title: Defining Drug Courts: The Key Components
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Drug Court Professionals
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc of Drug Court Professionals
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-DC-MX-K001
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents 10 key components that describe the basic elements that characterize effective drug courts.
Abstract: The purpose of each key component is explained, followed by several performance benchmarks that provide guidance for implementing each key component. Drug courts offer a choice for individuals whose criminal justice involvement stems from alcohol or other drug use. The court mandates and monitors participation in treatment. In exchange for successful completion of the treatment program, the court may dismiss the original charge, reduce or set aside a sentence, offer some lesser penalty, or offer a combination of these. One key component is the integration of alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing, and a second component is to use a nonadversarial approach; prosecution and defense counsel promote public safety while protecting participants' due process rights. A third key component is the early identification of eligible participants and prompt placement in the drug court program. Fourth, drug courts provide access to a continuum of alcohol, drug, and other related treatment and rehabilitation services; abstinence is monitored by frequent alcohol and other drug testing. A coordinated strategy governs drug court responses to participants' compliance, and ongoing judicial interaction with each drug court participant is essential. Monitoring and evaluation measure the achievement of program goals and gauge effectiveness; and continuing interdisciplinary education promotes effective drug court planning, implementation, and operations. Finally, forging partnerships among drug courts, public agencies, and community-based organizations generates local support and enhances drug court effectiveness. Appended list of Drug Court Standards Committee members and a 24-item resource list
Main Term(s): Drug Courts
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug treatment programs; Program implementation
Note: For the updated version of this document see NCJ-205621.
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