This page was last updated on 4/03/2018
Blake P. Kavanagh
As a response to the increase of drug and alcohol-abuse offenders in the criminal justice system and the level of recidivism, drug courts have been created to help alleviate caseload pressures, as well as expand to embrace the therapeutic jurisprudence model. This topic addresses the issues of planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating drug court programs.
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Opioid abuse has been steadily increasing in the United States. State courts must partner with other organizations to confront this epidemic.
National Center for State Courts. This study assessed outcomes for the Miami-Dade Adult Drug Court (ADC) clients who received trauma treatment through the ADC.
Can drug courts help users better than medical facilities?
This resource brief provides a summary of key information presented during the Research to Practice webinar presented on November 2, 2011. Topics include the effectiveness of drug courts, screening and assessment, and optimal treatment interventions.
The emergence of drug courts as a reform of courts’ traditional practice of treating drug-addicted offenders in a strictly criminal fashion coincided with renewed interest in performance measurement for public organizations.
This report provides a summary of the 2014 national survey of drug court and other problem solving courts. The report includes national survey data analysis on graduation rates, number of participants, costs, legislation and funding, and racial and ethnic minority representation. The report found 3,057 treatment courts operating in 2014.
(2013). This report provides guidance for implementing a Family Drug Court as a collaborative effort between the court, child welfare, substance abuse treatment providers, and the community with a focus on improving services to families who are involved with the child welfare system and are affected by substance use disorders.
This report presents a statewide strategy for reducing substance abuse. The strategy involves a coordinated statewide effort to tackle substance abuse and addiction and calls for a multi-agency, multi-faceted approach that includes making the expansion of Drug Courts a priority.
This judicial benchbook provides extensive information on the history of drug courts, starting a new drug court, legal and constitutional requirements, judicial ethics, effective treatment approaches, valid drug-testing procedures, and community corrections practices.
An article that discusses the singular ethical dilemmas that a drug court judge faces. This is because, it is argued, drug cases require a certain extra judgment because so much of the process is out of his or her hands.
National Center for State Courts’ consultants worked with Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) staff to map a multifaceted process for obtaining needed support and funding of the state’s drug courts.