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.

Challenges for Research and Innovation: When is a Drug Court Not a Drug Court?

Challenges for Research and Innovation: When is a Drug Court Not a Drug Court?

Challenges for research and innovation: When is a drug court not a drug court?
John S.Goldkamp

With the establishment of the first treatment drug court in Miami in 1989 and the subsequent diffusion of the model to many locations across the United States since that time, some of its most enthusiastic supporters have seen in the drug court movement key ingredients for a new paradigm for the criminal courts. Taken at face value, the drug model at least suggests that courts can and should address larger problems (root causes) associated with the individuals who are involved in matters making up the criminal caseload—not just decide and process cases. The drug court movement has ...

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