Drug Court Review Journal

Published annually, the Drug Court Review’s goal is to keep the Drug Court practitioner abreast of important new developments in the Drug Court field. Drug Courts (and other treatment courts) demand a great deal of time and energy of the practitioner, allowing little opportunity to read lengthy evaluations or keep up with important research in the field. Yet, the ability to marshal scientific and research information and “argue the facts” can be critical to a program’s success and ultimate survival.

The Drug Court Review builds a bridge between law, science, and clinical communities, providing a common tool to all. Scientific jargon and legalese are interpreted for the practitioner in common language. Although the Drug Court Review’s emphasis is on scholarship and scientific research, it also provides commentary from experts in the Drug Court and related fields on important issues to Drug Court practitioners. Each volume of the Drug Court Review focuses on a specific theme central to the field and features the results of research conducted by both scholars and practitioners.

The Drug Court Review invites submission of articles relevant to the Drug Court field. This would include but not be limited to drug testing, case management, cost analysis, program evaluation, legal issues, application of incentives and sanctions, and treatment methods. The theme for the Fall 2020 volume will be forthcoming and will be included in a call for papers.

Click here to view the Drug Court Review Manuscript Guidelines

Volume III; Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 issue of the Drug Court Review 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. Read more.

Volume II; Summer 2019

The summer 2019 issue of the Drug Court Review academic journal offers a collection of articles on innovative approaches, program implementation, and evaluation in the treatment court field. It explores issues such as the gap between innovation and evaluation in treatment courts, the challenge when programs or practices exist before they can be evaluated, and the important need for researchers and practitioners to work together to ensure the best outcomes for treatment court participants. Read more.

Volume I; Winter 2018

The winter 2018 issue of the Drug Court Review academic journal focuses on veterans treatment courts (VTCs) to develop a deeper understanding of how these courts work. The issue is a curated compilation of research articles, a practitioner note, and a legal commentary designed to increase knowledge about VTCs and call attention to areas in need of inquiry or further consideration. Read more.


Previous issues of the Drug Court Review may be found at: https://www.ndci.org/resource/publications/drug-court-review/