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.

Diverting Drug Offenders to Treatment Courts: The Portland Experience

Diverting Drug Offenders to Treatment Courts: The Portland Experience
Diverting drug offenders to treatment courts: The Portland experience

The criminal justice system of Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon has a recent history of developing new ways to process felony drug offenders. Even prior to the establishment of a drug court, key criminal justice and other public officials had embraced drug treatment as an important option for drug-involved offenders and had experimented with various programs aimed at reducing drug use by offenders and incorporating rehabilitation into the court process. For various reasons, however, Multnomah County policy makers remained frustrated that existing treatment interventions did not seem to be effectively addressing the widespread and growing substance abuse problems among offenders. In 1991, they began one of the nation's first ...

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