drug courts | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Corrrections

Drug courts are specialized court programs that aim to address drug-related crime through a combination of judicial supervision, substance abuse treatment, and other support services.

Drug courts aim to reduce recidivism (reoffending) among drug-involved offenders and improve public safety by addressing the underlying substance abuse issues that often lead to criminal behavior.

Drug courts typically involve intensive supervision by a judge, regular drug testing, and mandatory participation in substance abuse treatment. Offenders must regularly appear in court to review their progress and receive rewards or sanctions based on their compliance.

Drug courts can be found in many jurisdictions in the United States and other countries. They are typically designed to handle non-violent drug offenses such as possession or drug-related disorderly conduct.

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Last Modified: 01/11/2023


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