Drug Court Review Journal

Volume III; Winter 2020

Challenges in Problem-Solving Courts in Rural Areas

The third issue of JPO’s Drug Court Review academic journal is now available. The issue focuses on the unique challenges faced by problem-solving courts in rural areas, such as operating in remote areas with limited resources and tackling increases in substance use and mental health disorders. The collection of articles in this third issue begins to address the challenges faced by problem-solving courts in rural areas and offers insights into research gaps, research methods and models, data analysis, and suggestions and recommendations for drug court innovations and improvements for the adult treatment court field. Historically, criminal justice research has been conducted on urban areas leaving a deficit of research data about rural communities and rural drug courts. In this edition, while clear differences were identified, a surprising amount of similarity in issues spanning the urban-rural divide were also shown. 

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Issue on Rural Treatment Court Programs
    John M. Eassey
  2. The Effect of Disproportionate Sanctioning on Client Noncompliance
    Jamie C. Vaske
  3. Treatment Needs and Gender Differences Among Clients Entering a Rural Drug Treatment Court with a Co-occurring Disorder
    Paige M. Shaffer, Ayorkor Gaba, Stefan P. Sprinckmoller, Emily L. Starratt, and David A. Smelson
  4. In Their Own Words: Supports and Barriers to Recovery for Particapants in Two Neighboring Drug Courts
    Laura C. Palombi, Robyn Tomaszewski, Carolyn O’Donnell, Tuesday M. McAuliffeStaehler, Parker Johnson, Lucas Kosobuski, Sara Jane Baldwin, and Timothy P. Stratton
  5. An Overview of the Rural Treatment Court Track
    Zephi Francis and Steven Czarnecki