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Optimizing the Effectivness of Drug Courts in Reducing Recidivism
A close look at the current research available on the effectiveness of drug courts in reducing recidivism and specifically which components of the drug courts are most effective.
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In this paper, the writer ascertains whether or not demographics of the offender has an effect on the ability of drug court programs to effectively reduce recidivism. Second, the writer discusses if differences in the structure of the drug court programs has an effect on the overall success of the program. Finally, the writer makes recommendations based upon the findings for best practices in the implementation of drug court programs that will afford the offender the greatest chance of success.

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From the Paper:

"Clearly the issue of drug offending is an issue of great importance and significance in both the realm of public health and in the realm of the criminal justice system. The days of sanctions alone as the primary response to drug offenses seem to have come to a grinding halt necessitated by soaring budgets and overflowing jails and prisons. As we've come to a better understanding of the many facets of drug addiction, we've come to acknowledge the need for collaboration and an integrated approach to reducing recidivism. Recent advances in neuroscience point to actual chemical changes with the brain of a drug addict that contribute to the choice of both criminality and addiction. It has become apparent that the" war on drugs" now includes the calling in of reinforcements from within the medical community in order to design appropriate and effective responses to the issue of drug addiction and criminality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bouffard, J., & Smith, S. (2005). Programmatic, counselor, and client-level comparison of rural versus urban drug court 1 treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 40(3), 321-342. doi: 10.1081/JA-200049340
  • Chandler, R. K., Fletcher, B. W., & Volkow, N. D. (2009). Treating drug abuse and addiction in the criminal justice system: Improving public health and safety. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 301(2), 183-190. doi: 10.1001/jama.2008.976
  • Drug treatment for offenders: Evidence-based criminal justice and treatment practices, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Cong. (2009) (testimony of Faye S. Taxman).
  • Finigan, M. W., Carey, S. M., & Cox, A. (2007, July). Impact of a mature drug court over 10 years of operation: Recidivism and costs (United States, Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice). Retrieved October 08, 2010, from http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=241017
  • Gottfredson, D. C., Najaka, S. S., & Kearley, B. (2003). Effectiveness of drug treatment courts: Evidence from a randomized trial*. Criminology Public Policy, 2(2), 171-196. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9133.2003.tb00117.x

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