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NCJ Number: NCJ 235505     Find in a Library
Title: Drug Court Judicial Benchbook
  Document URL: PDF 
  Editor(s): Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. ; Judge William G. Meyer, Ret.
Corporate Author: National Drug Court Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2011
Page Count: 234
  Annotation: This benchbook presents information for new judges considering starting a drug court, as well as for veteran judges who want assistance in improving their court’s operation.
Abstract: The benchbook’s content draws on the collective knowledge and experience of thousands of judges, attorneys, treatment providers, probation officers, law enforcement officers, and researchers. Chapter 1, entitled Drug Courts: Back to the Future, notes that the basic philosophy of drug courts reflects how communities in premodern times constrained antisocial conduct through community-based responses designed to rehabilitate and hold accountable those who offended against community norms and laws. Chapter 2, Getting Started, provides guidance for new judges who are considering starting a drug court program. Chapter 3, The Roles of the Drug Court Judge, discusses the various roles of the drug court judge. These roles include overseeing the initial development of the program; serving as the team leader during case reviews and other meetings; holding entry hearing, status hearings, and termination hearings; and representing the drug court program to other judges, the public, and the media. Chapter 4, Addiction and Treatment Services, reviews the research on why alcohol and other drugs can be so addictive, the behavioral and neurological effects of these substances, and treatment approaches that have proven effective for treating addiction. Chapter 5, Community Supervision, advises that the typical drug court program can only supervise approximately 10 to 15 percent of participants’ activities. This means that the contribution of community supervision officers is critical to the success of any drug court. Chapter 6 addresses the fundamentals of effective drug and alcohol testing, followed by a chapter that reviews the essential principles of behavior modification for a drug court program. Other chapters focus on constitutional and legal issues in drug courts, confidentiality, and ethical obligations of drug court judges.
Main Term(s): Drug Courts
Index Term(s): Judges ; Drug treatment ; Drug offenders ; Case processing ; BJA grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-DD-BX-K149
Sale Source: National Drug Court Institute
1029 N. Royal St, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Reference Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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