Multi-Site Evaluation Demonstrates Effectiveness of Adult Drug Courts

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Multi-Site Evaluation Demonstrates Effectiveness of Adult Drug Courts

Multi-Site Evaluation Demonstrates Effectiveness of Adult Drug Courts

By Michael Rempel, Janine M. Zweig, Christine H. Lindquist, John K. Roman, Shelli B. Rossman and Dana Kralstein

Funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation is a comprehensive study of outcomes at 23 drug courts and six comparison jurisdictions around the country. The study found that adult drug courts substantially reduce crime and drug use and produce a particularly large return on investment (in terms of both recidivism reductions and cost savings) among offenders who are a high risk of re-offending. This brief article summarizes the study findings and discusses their policy implications. Published in Judicature.

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