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Accreditation is Key to Creating the Next Generation of Drug Courts  

Author:  John Roman.

Source: Volume 04, Number 06, November/December 2004 , pp.81-83(3)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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Controversy continues about the effectiveness of drug courts. In the midst of this debate, and faced with limited funding, drug courts are caught in a vicious cycle, pitting self-promotion against the need for rigorous research that will lead to better interventions. Although it is fair to denounce the lamentable state of drug court research, criticisms of drug-court self-promotion serve no purpose. A better approach is to free drug courts from the burdens of research while providing an objective means of measuring their effectiveness. According to this author, the solution is accreditation.

Keywords: certification

Affiliations:  1: Urban Institute.

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