A Sober Assessment of Drug Courts

Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 153-160, December 2003

9 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2020

See all articles by Douglas B. Marlowe

Douglas B. Marlowe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

David S. Festinger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

Against a history paved with nearly unbroken failure, drug courts represent one of only a few promising strategies on the horizon for intervening with drug-abusing offenders. The best available research evidence suggests that drug courts can reduce drug use and criminal recidivism on an order of magnitude of two to three times greater than almost any other initiative that has been attempted with this intransigent population. Unfortunately, we know next to nothing about how drug courts work, for which types of offenders, at what dosage, and whether they may have negative side effects for some individuals. These knowledge-gaps have been a significant source of confusion for criminal justice scholars and a significant source of fodder for policy advocates bent on obfuscation.

Suggested Citation

Marlowe, Douglas B. and DeMatteo, David and Festinger, David S., A Sober Assessment of Drug Courts (2003). Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 153-160, December 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593436

Douglas B. Marlowe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David DeMatteo (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
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David S. Festinger

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