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NCJ Number: 228559 Find in a Library
Title: Identifying Leading Characteristics Associated with Juvenile Drug Court Admission and Success: A Research Note
Journal: Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:October 2009  Pages:350-360
Author(s): J.C. Barnes; Holly Ventura Miller; J. Mitchell Miller
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether race is predictive of drug court admission and success.
Abstract: Results indicate that drug courts are one of the most promising contemporary correctional strategies in reducing recidivism among substance abusing offenders. Findings revealed that client race was not a significant predictor of admission to the Aiken County Juvenile Drug Court (ACJDC), and that the only client characteristic that was found to be significantly associated with program admission was mental health history. Clients who had experienced mental health problems were found to be admitted to the ACJDC at a significantly higher rate than were clients with no mental health problems. Client race was not predictive of drug court admission or success, nor was any other client characteristic. Data were collected from the official records of the ACJDC which reported referrals starting in 2003 and extending through 2008. Analyses included both clients that were admitted to the drug court, as well as those that were not admitted for services. Tables, figure, note, and references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts; Race
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Mental disorders; Mental health; Mental illness-crime relationships
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