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Call for Papers

Drug Court Review

The Drug Court Review invites manuscripts for an upcoming issue focusing on innovative treatments and approaches employed by specialized court programs. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018, with an anticipated publication date of Spring 2019.

For decades, the treatment court movement has pioneered the development of innovative court approaches to address the underlying issues of criminal justice involvement. Changes in the fields of criminal justice, mental and behavioral health, medicine, and technology and shifting trends in social problems highlight the need for treatment court programs to also evolve in their responses. As such, topics of particular interest to this issue of Drug Court Review include, but are not limited to:

  • Family-centered approaches
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Inter-tribal and/or multi-jurisdictional transfers
  • Rapid responses or immediate linkages to treatment
  • New/promising treatment modalities or program structures

To submit papers, please review the author guidelines. Manuscripts should be emailed as Microsoft Word documents to with “Drug Court Review Submission” in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2018, and will undergo a double-blind peer-review process.

About the Publication

The Drug Court Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on issues and topics of interest to the treatment court field. It is produced by the National Drug Court Resource, Policy, and Evidence-Based Practices Center, which is managed by the Justice Programs Office, a center within American University’s School of Public Affairs. For further information, please contact the National Drug Court Resource Center at or Dr. Julie Baldwin, editor in chief, at

Julie Marie Baldwin, Ph.D. Dr. Baldwin is a leading expert on veterans treatment courts (VTCs) with extensive experience conducting multi-site evaluations and national surveys, fostering strong researcher-practitioner partnerships, and working with VTCs, legislatures, researchers, and agencies. She is a Principal Investigator on a 3-year multisite evaluation of VTCs funded by the National Institute of Justice and the co-founder and co-president of the Veterans Treatment Court Research Consortium.

More broadly, Dr. Baldwin conducts translational research that utilizes mixed methods to address the issues of vulnerable and difficult-to-access populations and the intersections of courts, public health, policy, and law and society. She has served as a researcher and researcher-practitioner liaison on funded projects totaling approximately $4 million (excluding her VTC work). Dr. Baldwin is the editor-in-chief of the Drug Court Review, an associate editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice, and Scholar in Residence in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University. She is a highly active lifetime member of the American Society for Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Dr. Baldwin earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of Florida in 2013. Prior to her doctoral program, she was a court analyst for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division (2008-2009) and a paralegal and FOIL administrator for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office Appeals Bureau (2007-2008). She obtained her M.A. in Criminal Justice (specialization in Criminal Law & Procedure) from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2007) and B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida (2004).