Drug Court policies and practices: How program implementation affects offender substance use and criminal behavior outcomes
Zweig, J. M., Lindquist, C., Downey, P. M., Roman, J. K., & Rossman, S. B. (2012). Drug Court policies and practices: How program implementation affects offender substance use and criminal behavior outcomes. Drug Court Review, VIII(1), 43-79.
THE JUSTICE POLICY CENTER at the Urban Institute, RTI International (RTI), and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) conducted the Multisite Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE)—a five-year study of adult Drug Courts funded by the National Institute of Justice. In addition to examining whether Drug Courts work to reduce drug use and crime, another goal of the MADCE was to explain how Drug Courts work by studying key program policies and practices that lead to more successful outcomes for participants. In this report, we identify variations in policies and practices across Drug Courts and determine whether these variations influenced program effectiveness.