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Drug Courts Overview of Growth, Characteristics, And Results

By Rabkin, Norman J.

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Title: Drug Courts Overview of Growth, Characteristics, And Results  
Author: Rabkin, Norman J.
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Language: English
Subject: Law., Law & economy, Litigation and arbitration
Collections: Law Library Collection
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Publisher: Department of Justice

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Legal Reference Publication

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Excerpt: Title V of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which authorizes the award of federal grants for drug court programs, requires that we assess the effectiveness and impact of these grants and report to Congress. To assist Congress in its deliberations on whether to fund drug court programs, we provided a preliminary report in May 1995.1 In response to the legislative mandate and discussions with the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, this report discusses (1) the universe of and funding for drug courts; (2) their approaches, characteristics, and completion and retention rates; (3) the extent to which program and participant data are maintained and used to manage and evaluate drug courts; and (4) the results of our review and synthesis of existing published and unpublished evaluations or assessments of drug court programs regarding the impact of such programs. This report contains recommendations to the Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Executive Director of the State Justice Institute to help ensure that, to the extent feasible, follow-up data on program participants are collected by drug court programs and considered in future impact evaluations. We are sending copies of this report to the Chairmen and Ranking Minority Members of other appropriate congressional committees, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Executive Director of the State Justice Institute, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and other interested parties. Copies will also be made available to others upon request.

Table of Contents
Contents Executive Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 22 Drug Court Approaches 23 Participant Eligibility Criteria 24 Treatment Requirements 24 Program Completion Requirements 25 Program Sanctions 26 Termination Criteria 26 Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 27 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 31 Chapter 2 Number of Drug Court Programs and Availability of Funding Have Increased 32 Growth in Number of Drug Court Programs 32 Sources of and Increase in Drug Court Program Funding 38 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 48 Chapter 3 Approaches, Characteristics, and Completion and Retention Rates of Existing Drug Court Programs Were Diverse 50 Drug Court Programs Reported Using Various Approaches to Process Offenders 50 Drug Court Programs Generally Reported Varying Types and Range of Treatment Services 51 Drug Court Programs Reported Targeting a Diverse Group of Offenders 53 Reported Completion and Retention Rates of Drug Court Programs Varied 54

 

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