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Measures of success : capturing the impact of drug courts

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posted on 2023-05-26, 18:09 authored by Moore, E
This research examines the development of therapeutic jurisprudence (T J) internationally and focuses on the outcomes of evaluations of various drug court programs. The field of T J generally and issues in the practice of evaluation are considered critically. The scope of success is examined with respect to recidivism, cost-effectiveness and other measures. Experiences from my visits to nine international drug courts and numerous associated agencies between February and May 2012 are distilled into a discussion of the 10 Key Components of drug courts at work. Extracts from interviews with 16 participants of the Court Mandated (drug) Diversion program (CMD) in Tasmania provide insight into outcomes self-attributed to participation in the program. This suggests the benefit of extending the parameters of how success is defined by the program, and could be useful in demonstrating not only the range of achievements of the program but also the value for money it therefore represents within the criminal justice system. A form designed to collect data of this nature is included. The prison costs saved (avoided) by 14 of the above offenders participating in the CMD program as an alternative to custody total $1.23 million. It is hoped that the provision of objective evidence of this nature can inform government policy and funding decisions in this area. In addition, a series of 'observations that work' and 'promising practices' is examined, and suggestions are made for the consideration of the local CMD program.


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Copyright 2012 the author Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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