Drug Court Review Journal

The Drug Court Review is a peer-reviewed journal established to promote research on issues relevant to the treatment court field. The journal seeks to inform practitioners and scholars alike about innovations in criminal justice practices, court operations, mental and behavioral health care, substance use disorder treatment, veterans' programs, and 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.

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.

Winter 2019: Call for Papers

The Drug Court Review invites manuscript submissions for the Winter 2019 issue focusing on tribal healing to wellness court programs and rural treatment court programs. As recently as 2015, more than 3,100 treatment court programs were estimated to be operating in the US and its territories. Although this number approximates to one program per county in the country, many of these treatment court programs are concentrated in urban and suburban communities.

Keeping the populations, resources, programs, and challenges within rural and tribal communities in mind, this issue of The Drug Court Review seeks to identify the unique issues, operations, and solutions inherent to tribal healing to wellness court programs and/or rural treatment court programs. Areas of particular interest across tribal, rural, and rural-tribal areas and populations include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to treatment
  • Substances of choice
  • Non-traditional approaches to treatment
  • Cross-jurisdictional approaches and issues
  • Population-specific research

Although this issue of The Drug Court Review focuses on tribal healing to wellness courts and rural treatment courts, we recognize that they are not synonymous, and aim to be reflective of their specific distinctions.

Manuscripts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style and be emailed as Microsoft Word documents to ndcrc@american.edu with “Drug Court Review Submission” in the subject line. Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

For further information, please contact the National Drug Court Resource Center at ndcrc@american.edu or Dr. Julie Baldwin, editor in chief, at jbaldwin@american.edu.