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.

Experimenting with the Drug Court Model: Implementation and Change in Maricopa County, Arizona

Experimenting with the Drug Court Model: Implementation and Change in Maricopa County, Arizona
Experimenting with the drug court model: Implementation and change in Maricopa County, Arizona
Elizabeth PiperDeschenes and Rebecca D.Petersen

The nationwide drug court movement represents one of the most recent innovations in our criminal justice system aimed at decreasing the number of drug-involved offenders by providing drug treatment and intensive court supervision. The drug court program is one among many intermediate sanctions designed to fill the gap between prison and probation. As evidenced by local, state, and national statistics from the 1980s and 1990s, the War on Drugs has taken its toll on the criminal justice system, resulting in large increases in prison populations as well as burgeoning caseloads for probation and other community ...

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