Drug courts and justice

Do drug treatment courts help curb drug use and crime?

May 6, 2009 | by Peter Jon Mitchell , Senior Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada
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  1. The evaluation calculates this estimate by examining drug use rates of participants while in the program during a six month capture period. Intake data was examined to determine the street value of drugs used before entering drug court for an equivalent period to time spent in treatment for each participant. These numbers were then adjusted to represent a one year period. The street value of drug use during participation was subtracted from the street value of drug use before participation in the program to determine the reduction in spending on drugs over one year.
  2. Personal communication with James Budd, April 29, 2009.
  3. Ibid.
  4. CBC News (2009, Mar. 10). Drug treatment courts’ future up in air. Retrieved May 5, 2009 from http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/03/10/drug-treatment-courts.html#socialcomments
  5. Personal communication with James Budd, April 29, 2009.