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Title: Retrospective Evaluation of Two Pioneering Drug Courts: Phase I Findings From Clark County, Nevada, and Multnomah County, Oregon
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): John S. Goldkamp ; Michael D. White ; Jennifer B. Robinson
Corporate Author: Crime and Justice Research Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2000
Page Count: 274
  Annotation: This report discusses first phase findings from the evaluation of two pioneering drug courts in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Portland, Oregon.
Abstract: An evaluation of the evolution and operation of two pioneering drug courts in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Portland, Oregon, comprises this interim report of the National Evaluation of Drug Courts. The two sites were evaluated through researchers’ observations, interviews, group meetings with key participants, focus groups of drug court participants, retrospective sampling, and archival data collection. Following a brief description of Clark County, Nevada, and Multnomah County, Oregon, the sites of the drug courts examined in this retrospective evaluation, the authors discuss the importance of a drug court’s ability to reach its target population delivering treatment options in a timely manner. After discussing the growth in drug treatment courts since 1989, this report details literature judging the evaluation of treatment drug courts. Through analyzing the Nevada and Oregon drug treatment court models, policies, early interventions, enrollment, funding, health care reforms, special features, and impact of key events, this report finds that the impact, dynamics, and operations of drug treatment courts change over time. In Clark County, substantial changes occurred when the drug courts began accepting mostly persons who pled guilty, affecting enrollment numbers, the types of persons admitted to treatment programs, and the use of sanctions. In Multnomah County, the move away from a dedicated judge to a referee and the move towards more restrictive policies affected both enrollment numbers and outcomes. The authors conclude that understanding the relationship between important changes in the larger environment and the day-to-day operations and outcomes of the nation’s drug treatment courts is the key finding generated by this research report. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Program evaluation ; Drug Courts
Index Term(s): Drug treatment programs ; Drug treatment ; Treatment intervention model ; Treatment effectiveness ; Nevada ; Oregon
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-DC-VX-K001
Sale Source: Crime and Justice Research Institute
520 N. Columbus Blvd., Suite 600
Philadelphia, PA 19123
United States of America
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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