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Drug Court Programs

Case:

The judge has decided to place the offender caught with 17g of heroin on a term of probation for 5 years. It was discovered through the presentence investigation report that he has serious addiction issues. Since the offender has failed treatment in the past, it was decided that he would be placed into a drug court program.

Questions:

1. Locate and research two state drug court programs.
2. Compare and contrast both programs.
3. Are these programs effective? Why or why not?
4. Develop a new program for a fictional state using the advantages of each existing program.
5. Why were these programs selected?
6. Discuss why you think your program will be effective.

Solution Preview

1. The two states I have chosen to analyze are Massachusetts and Michigan.

Massachusetts has several regulations that must be adhered to for offenders sent to programs instead of incarceration. Within this context offenders are required to attend drug testing at designated sites at least three times a week and report to drug court once a week. In addition if deemed by the court as a necessity offenders may be mandated to visit other community service providers as part of their treatment. If offenders do not meet the requirements of their individual treatment program they will be incarcerated and dismissed from the program after a bench warrant is issued (Mass. Gov., 2012).

The Michigan drug courts have unique features that mandate a special relationship within the program toward the offender and the judge. The offenders must report their successes and failures on a biweekly basis to the judge while also receiving random drug ...

Solution Summary

The drug court programs are examined. The expert compares and contrasts effective programs. Programs for a fictional state using the advantages of each existing program is developed.

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