The Success of Drug Courts-The Urban Institute-DC Public Safety Radio

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Current Radio Program: Success of Drug Courts-Multi-Site Evaluation:

The program interviews Shelli B. Rossman, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute.  Shelli co-authored “The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation” ( . The research was funded by the National Institute of Justice of the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.

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Partial Research Summary:

Do Drug Courts Reduce Substance Use, Crime, and Other Problems?

Substance Use: Drug courts produce significant reductions in drug relapse. Drug court participants were significantly less likely than the comparison group to report using any drugs (56 vs. 76 percent) in the year prior to the 18-month interview, and also less likely to report using “serious” drugs (41 vs. 58 percent).

Crime: Drug courts produce significant reductions in criminal behavior. Drug court participants were significantly less likely than the comparison group to report committing crimes (40 vs. 53 percent) in the year prior to the 18-month interview. Participants were significantly less likely to report committing any crime at both the six- and 18-month follow-up interviews. Also, of those who reported criminal activity at the 18-month follow-up, drug court participants reported about half as many criminal acts (43.0 vs. 88.2), on average, in the year prior.

Other Psychosocial Outcomes: Drug court participants experience select benefits in other areas of their lives besides drug use and criminal behavior. At 18 months, drug court participants were significantly less likely than comparison offenders to report a need for employment, educational, and financial services, suggesting that drug court participation addressed those needs.

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