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The Promises and Challenges of Drug Courts  

Author:  Steven Belenko.

Source: Volume 01, Number 03, May/June 2001 , pp.33-37(5)

Offender Substance Abuse Report

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Drug courts are a relatively new and structurally different approach to engaging offenders in community-based treatment. The encouraging retention rates, relatively low prevalence of drug use and criminal activity during participation, and preliminary evidence for at least a one-year reduction in post-program recidivism suggest that the drug court model can successfully engage many drug offenders in long-term treatment and related services. The present piece discusses empirical findings supporting the drug court model.

Keywords: drug court

Affiliations:  1: Columbia University .

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