A natural companion to the recently published Drug Control and the Courts (SAGE 1996), this accessible volume focuses on five case studies in judicial innovation - the dedicated drug treatment courts in Miami, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Portland and Phoenix. Each case is presented in a chapter written by a local expert to describe and evaluate five prime examples of dedicated drug treatment courts. These chapters are written to a common outline and each discuss the following points: community demographics; structural organization of the court; court caseloads, including drug cases; successes and failures of initial goals and objectives and subsequent adaptations; and measures of long-term successes and failures.
The Origin of the Treatment Drug Court in Miami
In 1999, there is a sizable and increasingly accepted movement across the country to establish drug courts. In the summer of 1989, Dade County (Miami) courts became the pioneer in this development when the first treatment drug court was opened there. The Dade County innovation, which still operates today at the ripe old age of 10, represented an extraordinary and, at the time, unique local effort to deal with drug-related crime and its impact. One could argue that Dade County, with its diverse population and collection of municipalities sitting at the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America and with its special challenges (such as waves of ...