Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Organizational and interpersonal variables

    Not what you're looking for? Search our solutions OR ask your own Custom question.

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Drug courts are a relatively new phenomenon in the American judicial system. Define and discuss briefly the philosophy, role, and short history of drug courts. Does the state in which you reside utilize drug courts, and if so, how successful have they been in reducing recidivism rates? Would you in turn recommend that all of the states utilize these courts to assist in processing drug cases?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com March 4, 2021, 7:56 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    I will attach the links to the websites for references.

    Role of the drug courts is to stop the abuse of alcohol and drug related criminal activity.
    Drug courts handle cases involving drug-addicted offenders through an extensive supervision and treatment program. In exchange for successful completion of the program, the court may dismiss the original charge, reduce or set aside a sentence, offer some lesser penalty, or offer a combination of these.

    As of April 2007, there were 1,699 drug courts operating in the United States, and 349 more were in the planning phases. Currently, 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, two Federal Districts and 121 tribal programs have drug courts that are in operation or are being planned.


    Drug courts emerged in the late 1980s in response to rapidly increasing felony drug caseloads that strained the Nation's courts and overflowed its jails and prisons. Their goal is to reduce substance abuse and criminal behavior and free the court and correctional systems to handle other cases. By providing a structure that links supervision and ...

    Solution Summary

    History and role of drug courts in the United States.