Drug Court

Overview

Drug courts seek to halt the revolving door of addiction and arrest by linking addicted offenders to drug treatment and rigorous judicial monitoring. They bring together judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, treatment providers and court staff in a collaborative effort to enforce compliance with court orders. Drug courts also use a system of graduated rewards and sanctions to help substance abusers attain—and maintain—a drug-free life. Today, thanks to growing evidence that drug courts have reduced substance abuse and recidivism—including a groundbreaking study by researchers from the Center for Court Innovation—there are over 2,300 drug courts in all 50 states.  The Center for Court Innovation has been an active player in the drug court field, developing New York City's first drug court, providing technical assistance across the country, and advancing knowledge through research, reflection, and technology.  In recognition of this work, the Center received the National Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

To get help planning, implementing, or evaluating a drug court, click here.

Online Learning

The Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, has launched a new National Drug Court Online Learning System. The system offers free access to web-based drug court training, including video lessons by experts in the field, virtual site visits of drug treatment courts around the country, interviews with practitioners, and a resource library of documents and reference tools.
To access the system, click here.

Technical Assistance

With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Center has created a new home on the Internet for state court administrators looking for help institutionalizing drug courts in their states.  Visit drugcourtta.org to find resources, information and strategies for administering drug courts on a statewide basis.  This includes help with planning, operations, evaluations and data collection.

Publications

The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation

The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation

Edited by Shelli B. Rossman, John K. Roman, Janine M. Zweig, Michael Rempel, and Christine H. Lindquist
The National Institute of Justice's Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) tested whether drug courts reduce drug use, crime, and associated problems; assessed how drug courts work and for whom; and analyzed cost savings in 23 drug courts and six comparison sites.

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Publications

From Drug Court to Classroom: Creating a Court to College Program (Practitioners Manual)

From Drug Court to Classroom: Creating a Court to College Program (Practitioners Manual)

By Corey Calabrese, Valerie Raine and Gregg Roth

This Practitioners Manual provides step-by-step guidance for drug court teams looking to help participants pursue higher education. The other three manuals provide support for participants, interns, and trainers.

Publications

Addiction, Treatment, and Criminal Justice: An Inside View of the Brooklyn Treatment Court

Addiction, Treatment, and Criminal Justice: An Inside View of the Brooklyn Treatment Court

A look at the inner workings of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, New York City's first drug treatment court.

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Video

Drug Courts: Personal Stories

Drug Courts: Personal Stories

This short video is a companion to Drug Courts: Personal Stories, a book that features drug court graduates who, after many years of personal struggle and involvement in the criminal justice system, finally pulled their lives together.

Most Popular Research

Video

Why Procedural Justice Matters: Tom R. Tyler at Community Justice 2012

Publications

Small Sanities

Small Sanities

By Greg Berman

Small Sanities, released through the Centre for Justice Innovation in the United Kingdom, outlines crime control lessons learned in New York, highlighting three areas that have been the focus of criminal justice reformers in New York in recent years: people, places, and process.

Publications

'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

'A New Way of Doing Business': A Conversation about the Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts

By Robert V. Wolf

A summary of a 2008 roundtable discussion about how to coordinate problem-solving courts on a statewide basis.

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