Published annually, the Drug Court Review’s goal is to keep the treatment court practitioner abreast of important new developments in the treatment court field. Treatment courts demand a great deal of time and energy of the practitioner, allowing little opportunity to read lengthy evaluations or keep up with the latest research. 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 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.
Volume II 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.
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.
The 2016 issue of the Drug Court Review explains findings from the national cross-site evaluation of Juvenile Drug Courts and the Reclaiming Futures program, which shifts the focus of the court from prosecution to quality treatment, access, and continuing care.
The 2014 issue of the Drug Court Review examines the efficacy of enhanced alcohol use monitoring and extended-release naltrexone, addressing the needs of low-risk and low-need participants, and maintaining fidelity to the Juvenile Drug Court model.
The 2012 issue of the Drug Court Review focuses on implementing Best Practice Standards in treatment courts. It contains accounts of multiple studies across wide samples of Drug Courts in which effective policies and procedures, services, and outcomes are quantified, and their implications explored.
The 2010 issue of the Drug Court Review focuses on specific needs, services, outcomes, and mechanisms of effectiveness in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts. It also includes a commentary on Veterans Treatment Court initiatives.
The 2009 issue of the Drug Court Review examines DWI court and family treatment court evaluations, financial tips and suggestions for sustaining a drug court program, racial disparities in drug courts, and preliminary tests of the SCRAM alcohol monitoring system.
The 2008 issue of the Drug Court Review assesses the effectiveness of certain sanctioning practices in adult drug courts, differences in outcomes for felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile courts, and starting points for family treatment court best practices.
The 2006 special research issue of the Drug Court Review outlines a national agenda for drug court research, breaks down elements of performance measurement, suggests techniques and methodologies for process evaluations, and presents considerations for recidivism data analyses.
The 2005 issue of the Drug Court Review analyzes the process of expungement and the extent to which it motivates participants, the establishment of a reliable cannabinoid detection window in testing, and research updates from the field.
The 2004 issue of the Drug Court Review evaluates the role of the judge as a key component in drug court, identifies critical elements necessary for building methodologically sound impact evaluations, and reviews various agendas on legalization.
The summer 2002 issue of the Drug Court Review examines the first ever campus drug court at Colorado State University, the use of creatinine-normalization of marijuana drug test results, and the use of participant experiences to identify successful drug court practices.
The winter 2001 issue of the Drug Court Review examines three areas of the drug court field: drug court involvement in community reintegration; using strengths-based approaches to make changes within a drug court; and the use of evidence-based treatment practices in Juvenile Drug Courts.
The summer 1999 issue of the Drug Court Review features an examination of functional sanctions, factors that can increase success for participants, and participants’ perspectives on these factors.
The summer 1998 issue of the Drug Court Review includes the first analysis of the role of the drug court judge, two evaluations on juvenile drug courts, and discussions on the development and national implementation of drug courts.
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