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NCJ Number: 221913 Find in a Library
Title: Review of the Davidson County (Nashville), Tennessee Drug Court: Summary Observations and Recommendations
Corporate Author: American University
School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office
United States of America
Date Published: March 2007
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20016
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2005-DC-BX-K047
Sale Source: American University
School of Public Affairs Justice Programs Office
Brandywine Building, Suite 6C
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A summary of observations and recommendations is presented resulting from a site visit to the Davidson County (Nashville), TN Court in 2006.
Abstract: Observations and recommendations of Davidson County’s Drug Court were presented in five areas: organizational structure, leadership, communication, treatment philosophy and practices, and the methamphetamine pilot project. Highlights of observations include: (1) approximately 34 percent of all referrals to the Drug Court were accepted into the program; (2) 57 percent of those entering the program washed out for a variety of reasons; (3) 28 participants absconded from the program in 2004; (4) 19 participants were removed from the program for being resistant to treatment; and (5) 26 percent of those who completed the program were convicted of a new charge and 7 percent convicted of a new felony. Along with these statistical observations, issues or questions requiring attention include: (1) how have these outcomes been used to evaluate treatment effectiveness and motivate protocol change; (2) have program participants been involved in the evaluation process; (3) is the overall “philosophy” of community corrections and those monitoring graduates to support them in staying out of trouble or to “police” them when they struggle; and (4) what about the 74 percent who completed treatment and had not been convicted of a new crime? Davidson County Drug Court in Tennessee has long been recognized as one of the country’s most innovative and comprehensive drug court programs that have been developed. However, the Drug Court is now at a point at which it needs to engage in a review and refinement of the program’s organizational structure, services, and operating procedures to ensure its continued growth, effectiveness, and national leadership. This report, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance summarizes the observations and recommendations formulated from a site visit to the Drug Court in 2006.
Main Term(s): Drug Courts; Tennessee
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; BJA Grant-related Documents; Court research; Drug offenders; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Evaluative research; Juvenile drug courts
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