Problem solving courts

Community Courts

Red Hook Community Justice Center

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has released a major research report evaluating the Red Hook Community Justice Center, which concludes that the community court model can reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods in a cost-efficient way. The report, A Community Court Grows in Brooklyn: A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, marks the third community court evaluation by NCSC researchers. Funding for the Red Hook evaluation was provided by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Previous community court evaluations include:

Census of Problem-Solving Courts

In this project, the NCSC will compile programmatic data on all problem-solving courts nationwide.  The census will be the first to capture such data in order to better understand the wide array of problem-solving courts and their practices.  Census questions will focus on key components of problem-solving courts including: underlying social problems addressed, community collaboration, and services offered. Funded by Bureau of Justice Statistics, the data are expected to be released for public access in 2014.

For questions, email the Project Director Nicole Waters, or call her at 800-616-6109.

Mental Health Courts

  • The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has produced an interdisciplinary curriculum, Developing a Mental Health Court, which brings together national experience and expertise to introduce key concepts for mental health courts and other collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems. More information and course access.
  • Mental Health Court Performance Measures (MHCPM) is a set of 14 performance measures that offers court managers and administrators a tool to monitor the performance of mental health courts.

Current projects as of 2013

Census and Programmatic Information on All Problem-Solving Courts (PSCs) Nationwide, 2012

Past projects > 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004

2012

Development of a Program Model to Establish a DWI Court and Enhance Prostitution Court Diversion Program for the District of Columbia Courts, 2012

2011

Evaluation of the Drug Court Management Information System for the Office of Courts Administration, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 2011

2010

Mental Health Court Performance Measures, 2010, refer to following web page: Mental Health Court Performance Measures

Feasibility Study of Increasing the Development of Drug Courts for the State of Kansas (SJI Grant), 2010

Evaluation Plan for Sherburne County, Minnesota District Court’s New Beginnings Program at Elk River, 2010

2009

Mental Health Court Culture: Leaving Your Hat at the Door

In this project, the NCSC explored the complex communication and collaboration processes of seven mental health court dockets. The NCSC developed a communication model that integrates the mental health court team, representing multiple cooperating agencies, and presents a set of best practices to foster better managed mental health courts.

Executive summary | Full report

Judicial Decision-Making in Mental Health Courts

This project, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, presents communication models for mental health court teams, examines the adaptive culture required for managing such a docket, and recommends best practices for both established mental health courts and those in the initial planning stages. The project staff, with the guidance of an advisory council, based these findings on data from seven mental health court dockets across the nation.

Process Evaluation of the Fathering Reentry Court Program for the District of Columbia Courts, 2009

Statewide Drug Court Performance Measures for Nebraska (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2009

Statewide Drug Court and DUI Court Performance Measures for Pennsylvania Courts (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2009

2008

Drug Court Performance Measures:

Performance Measurement of Drug Courts: The State of the Art (2008). This Statewide Technical Assistance (TA) Bulletin updates the volume published in 2004 that described the methodology used by the National Center for State Courts to develop Statewide Performance Measurement Systems for the drug courts of several states.

Development of Strategies to Strengthen Juvenile Drug Courts for Delaware (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

Plan for the Statewide Evaluation of Florida’s Drug Courts (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

Statewide Adult Drug Court Performance Measures for Kentucky (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

Statewide Standards for Michigan Drug Court Participants (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

Statewide Treatment Standards for Juvenile Drug Courts in North Dakota (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

Long-term Administration and Evaluation Plan for Oregon Drug Courts (Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant), 2008

2007

Drug Court Evaluation Plan for the State of Wyoming, Department of Health Substance Abuse Division, 2007

Hawai’i Statewide Drug Courts Evaluation, Phase 2, 2007

Operations and Staffing Assessment of the Atlanta, Georgia Municipal Court’s Solicitor’s Office, 2007

Outcome Evaluation of Cumberland County Safe-Link Integrated Domestic Violence Court for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, 2007

2006

Hawai’i Drug Courts: Statewide Process Evaluation, Phase 1, 2006

Missouri Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, Drug Court Evaluation, 2006

2004

Carroll County, Georgia, Evaluation of the Drug Court, 2004

Drug Court Program Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Development of Training Programs on Drug Court Evaluation Concepts and Strategies, 2004

Establishment of Evaluation Criteria for the Adult Drug Treatment Court in the 6th Judicial Circuit, Oakland County, Michigan, 2004

Evaluation of the Colorado DUI/DWAI System, 2004

Michigan Administrative Office of the Courts, Drug Court Case Management System RFP, 2004

Oakland County, Michigan 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Assist with the Design of an RFP for Evaluation of the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court (Technical Assistance), 2004